Browsers

New and updated Web browsers are released frequently, and I try to keep track of them all. This category contains articles that mention browser news, features, bugs, plug-ins, extensions, bookmarklets, and similar.

A call for consistent display of alt text across browsers

How browsers display alt text for missing images varies, so it would be nice to see this standardised by specifying the recommended behaviour in HTML 5.

Posted on January 20, 2010

Is SVG support coming to Internet Explorer?

The Senior Program Manager of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Team has announced that Microsoft has joined the W3C’s Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group.

Posted on January 18, 2010

Error messages for corrupt HTML

Vlad Alexander argues that web browsers should display error messages for corrupt HTML 5 and invites Ian Hickson to debate on this topic.

Posted on January 11, 2010

That’s a useful feature, but when can I use it?

Need to find out which browsers (and versions) handle a particle web technology? Don’t have time to keep track of it by yourself. Don’t worry. Help is available.

Posted on December 9, 2009

Safari, WebKit and alt text for missing images

Safari and most other WebKit-based browsers do not show alt text for missing or broken images unless it fits on a single line within the image’s allocated width.

Posted on December 7, 2009

Microsoft talks about Internet Explorer 9

News on what we can expect from the next version of Internet Explorer: highlights include improved performance, CSS 3 selectors, and better text rendering.

Posted on November 20, 2009

WebKit Web Inspector improvements

The web developer tool for Safari and other WebKit-based browsers has just received a number of improved and new features worth checking out.

Posted on November 11, 2009

Happy 5th birthday, Firefox!

Thank you, and other modern browsers like Safari and Opera, for changing the Web.

Posted on November 9, 2009

Opera adds support for the longdesc attribute

Very few visual browsers support the longdesc attribute, but now there are at least two: iCab and Opera.

Posted on September 14, 2009

IE 8 does not display alt text in a tooltip

Internet Explorer 8, unlike previous versions, behaves like other browsers and does not display alt text in a tooltip when you hover the cursor over an image.

Posted on August 17, 2009

Enabling keyboard navigation in Mac OS X Web browsers

A guide to enabling keyboard navigation, which most Mac OS X web browsers support but have disabled by default.

Posted on June 9, 2009

The mysterious sideways jump, a.k.a. scrollbar present or not present

If someone tells you that they see a strange sideways jump when they move between certain pages on your site, chances are that it’s caused by their browser’s vertical scrollbar.

Posted on May 19, 2009

Safari 4 public beta with WAI-ARIA support. Or not?

Apple recently released a public beta of Safari 4. Among the news is support for WAI-ARIA, but I can’t figure out how to make it work.

Posted on March 5, 2009

IE 8 still does not resize text sized in pixels

Internet Explorer’s text resizing behaviour is different from that of other browsers since IE does not allow the end user to (easily) resize text whose size has been specified in pixels.

Posted on February 23, 2009

No more pixel perfectionism in IE 6

It is time to worry less about non-critical bugs in Internet Explorer 6, and eventually we will be able to treat it like we treat Netscape 4.

Posted on February 11, 2009

Make Safari open targeted links in new tabs instead of new windows

How to use Terminal.app to tell Safari to open links that normally open in a new window to open in a new tab instead.

Posted on December 4, 2008

The WebKit/Safari Web Inspector is getting even better

The latest update to the Webkit Web Inspector is very impressive and makes WebKit (and Safari, once it includes the new version of the Web Inspector) a viable web development browser.

Posted on October 22, 2008

NoScript for Firefox

Surfing the web with NoScript installed lets you decide which sites are allowed to run JavaScript, Flash and other active content in your Firefox.

Posted on October 17, 2008

Recently discovered web developer-related Firefox add-ons

A few very useful Firefox extensions/add-ons that I only recently discovered: ColorZilla, Firefox Accessibility Extension, Screengrab!, and WAVE Toolbar.

Posted on October 14, 2008

Turn Firefox into a screen reader with Fire Vox

Fire Vox is a free, open source, cross platform screen reader extension for Firefox. If you create websites you need it.

Posted on September 23, 2008

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