QuirksBlog - Chrome
Part of Browsers.
When I reviewed the reactions to my There is no WebKit on Mobile post, it became pretty clear that few had expected its conclusion that there is no single WebKit on Mobile. Overall, it seemed that most people were pretty surprised, and hurried to revise their ideas of the mobile browser market. That was the point of the article, so I was happy.
(I’m still tinkering with the interface, by the way, and I didn’t have the time to finish my current revision. So the coloured bars are temporarily gone, but they’ll return in the future.)
Last week I spent a lot of time on WebKit in order to produce a comprehensive comparison of all WebKits. My purpose was to prove there is no “WebKit on Mobile,” and to gain some more insight in the complicated relations between the various WebKits.
Therefore I now present the Great WebKit Comparison Table. In it I compare 19 different WebKits on 27 tests.
Well, Google Chrome Frame has certainly taken the web dev world by storm. It’s almost as if people are fed up with Internet Explorer and welcome an alternative.
Many useful things have already been said about Frame. I’d like to add a few technical notes I haven’t yet encountered anywhere else.
There’s some browser news to discuss, and I thought I’d bundle it all in one entry. Maybe I’ll even do this more often; it seems a good feature for this blog. But I’m not promising anything!
This weekend I started testing some new browsers, and meanwhile I’ve updated the HTML and CSS tables. There were no surprises. I’m continuing with the Events tables, but they’re so large and sometimes so complicated that I’m not sure when I’ll finish.
In this installment we’ll take a look at IE8RC1 and some reactions to it, Safari 3.2, Chrome’s lack of a “Check for updates automatically” feature and Opera’s antitrust complaint.
In case you’re wondering why this blog is updated so rarely; I’m taking a slight break from
web development, and I’m working on a major upgrade of my Dutch politics section.
It’s not ready yet; I’ll let you know when it is.
However, while working on it I found a few browser peculiarities, and I thought I'd let you know. There’s
one IE bug; one case in which IE does the right thing and the other browsers don’t; the third is a Chrome
peculiarity (not a bug); the fourth is an undocumented property in Opera.
Just downloaded Google Chrome and did some very brief tests. Rendering engine seems equal to Safari 3.1, as expected. There will be a few minor differences somewhere; I’ll let you know when I find them.
Feels light, quick.
It features a quite slick-looking Firebug clone that includes a YSlow clone. Right-click and select "Inspect element" to access it. Haven’t tried to actually debug with it yet, but it looks promising.
The important points in the Google Chrome story, however, are not about DOM and CSS compatibility, and not even about debugging tools.
John Resig and Alex Russell discuss some ways in which this release could be the start of a new browser war. (Contrary to what Opera states, it hasn’t quite started yet.) I also have a few points to make, but that’ll have to wait for another time.
In order to find out which effect on the market it has, Chrome’s share will have to be measured. Updated browser detect. Detect it by searching for
Note to Google Chrome team: please make
navigator.vendor read "Google" instead of "Apple".
Which version number does it have? I can’t put a browser without a version number in my Tables.
Come to think of it, I haven’t yet found any way of disguising it as another browser to get around browser detects written by clueless web developers.
Come to think of it, I haven’t yet found a Preferences menu.
0.2 sounds about right.
But it’s definitely a promising start.