Browsers blog posts

  • How to use variable fonts in the real world

    Using variable fonts in the real world turns out to be tricky. This post explains how we achieved it for the new Ampersand website and what we learned along the way.

  • Chrome just got darker

    A couple of days ago, my installation of Google Chrome updated itself from version 49 to version 50. The timing was fortuitous and relieved me of a growing text rendering headache.

  • Soft hyphen bug in Webkit

    Investigation into, and a fix for a peculiar bug in Mac-based Webkit browsers, including Safari and Chrome.

  • Font-weight is still broken in all but one browser

    There’s more to the lives of many typefaces than just Bold and Regular, but almost no browsers follow the proper CSS 1 way of specifying Light, Semibold, Black and other weights. There is a workaround, but it’s nasty.

  • WebKit now supports CSS @font-face rules

    Earlier this week it was announced that WebKit now supports CSS @font-face rules. There has been a mixed reception in some quarters, but this leap forward (for that’s what it is) has to be a good thing.

  • Problems with font rendering on Macs

    Just recently Jeffrey Zeldman was bemoaning the sub-standard state of text rendering in Firefox on a Mac. And the sad truth is he only skimmed the surface; Firefox, Safari, Opera and Camino may render even the same font differently.

  • Firefox 1.5 is go

    Firefox 1.5 is now a fully fledged release and it’s well worth a look, especially if you’re a web developer.

  • Speaking browsers

    Eric Meyer recently posted Don’t Read; Speak!, from which I quote: [S]creen readers need to become speaking browsers: they need to ignore how the page is visually displayed, and read the content. Use semantic markup when it exists, and otherwise [...] ignore the…

  • Internet Explorer 7 will have fixes

    Over on the ‘official’ IEBlog, Chris Wilson confirms that support for PNG alpha channels and some CSS fixes, in particular the peekaboo and guillotine bugs, have been added to IE7 beta 1. Bring on max-width and friends.

  • Safari 1.3

    Those of you who have just updated OS X to 10.3.9 may have noticed that Safari is now a full point release older at 1.3. And this means that the clear:none bug I reported a year ago is finally fixed. In fairness Dave Hyatt fixed this bug ages ago but he’s had to wait…

  • Bug Report, Design Engaged and PowerPoint

    PPK has a new browser resource called Bug Report. Design Engaged looked to be hugely successful and fascinating (link to a terrific animation). Veen talks about the difficulty of ditching the PowerPoint mentality.

  • DevEdge dead?

    Anyone know if it’s permanent and where the sidebar might be replicated?

  • Link toolbar

    Link toolbar is an excellent Firefox extension replicating the Site Navigation Toolbar in Mozilla.

  • Browse Happ(il)y

    WaSP have just released a minisite, designed by Ethan Marcotte. The purpose of Browse Happy is to spread the message to all and sundry that there are alternative browsers to Internet Explorer.

  • I’m back

    And there are photos. And a list of what’s been happening: Odeon crapsters, AMG retrograde, per-site stylesheets, disabling IE6 imagebar, Mozilla security flaw, Malarkey forms, Colly links, Gmail whitelist, XHTML to RSS and fantasy footie.

  • Findability

    Peter Morville, co-author of the classic Polar Bear book, has recently launched Findability, a portal to anything and anyone related to findability. Or as Morville puts it: [A] complex query, run against the brains of users, who will hopefully contribute additional ideas,…

  • clear:none bug in Safari

    The Web developers among you may be interested in what appears to be a Safari bug. Essentially clear:none does not over-ride clear:left. I’ve posted more details and an example in my sandbox.

  • Mozilla DOM inspector

    Mozilla’s DOM Inspector (also available in Firefox) can seem daunting at first but is amazingly powerful. Amongst other things, it allows you to see which CSS rules are affecting any given element in order of cascade priority.

  • Hyphens a soft problem

    Typographers divide words using hyphens to increase readability. All books and newspapers of any quality use this technique to ‘justify’ their text, yet it is not a tool available to Web designers in any useful form.

  • Skinny images in Safari

    It seems that some of the images on Clagnut are being rendered as skinny strips in Safari 1.2. I’m confused as to why.

  • Nazdarovya

    It seems Firebird has been renamed to Firefox. I’m looking forward to the plug-in that enables you to enter a URL just by thinking in Russian. Update: Jon Hicks implemented the lovely new icons and has posted details of the branding process. Jon also points us…

  • Browser quirk enlightenment

    Peter Paul Koch has just released QuirksMode, a huge resource exploring, explaining and working around the vagaries of browser support for CSS and JavaScript.

  • TBL versus Eolas

    As Director of the W3C Tim Berners-Lee has written a typically cogent letter to the US Patent and Trademark Office in protest against the Eolas ‘906 Patent.

  • Meke-a thees my hume-a pege-a

    You may have heard that MSN does not work correctly in the latest version of Opera, because MSN sends Opera 7 different HTML and CSS files than it sends to earlier versions of the browser. Well Our Norwegian friends have got their own back by releasing the Bork edition of…

  • No mention of mark-up

    Breeze is an elegant new minimalist theme for Mozilla. Googlebar is another great add-in from mozdev (source of the afore-mentioned Checky). It’s just like the IE Google toolbar, but for Mozilla. I’m a bit of a foodie, so it won’t come as much…

  • Checky

    Checky is a great plugin for Mozilla that gives you one-click page validation, configurable across any of 18 different online validation and analysis services. It’s not quite as groovy as the tool in Opera which will validate local files, although Checky’s scope is…

  • New browsers

    Some recent browser releases: Mozilla has released 1.3 Alpha and 1.02. Opera has released 7 for Windows Beta 2. Apple has released Safari Beta 2. For web developers, the last one is of particular note as Safari will presumably be making its way on to all new Apple machines. …

  • Upgrade now!

    A discussion of the Upgrade Your Browser message so often placed at the top of web pages which can only displayed as intended by browsers with good CSS capabilities. Personally I find find it annoying…

  • Mozilla updated

    Mozilla 1.2.1 is out. It contains a fix for the DHTML bug that resulted in Mozilla 1.2 being pulled.

  • Fifty tunes

    I’ve added a page which lists the last 50 tunes I’ve played on WinAmp (an idea gratuitously lifted from What do I Know). It uses the BlogAmp plugin, which unfortunately requires JavaScript to view the list. However I managed to find a PHP version on the BlogAmp…

  • Don’t break the back button!

    The new W3C Validator has come out of beta and released unto the world. There is an improved UI and loads of links to the Specs, as well as help, documentation, tips and improved accessibility (accesskeys a-plenty). There also seems to have been a few changes to the…

  • Pop off

    The welcome demise of the pop-up, and some welcome alternatives.

  • IE6 bug

    The way I’ve coded the Clagnut CSS shows up a bug in IE6 Win. All the left and right margins (actually padding) around my text are doubled in width for no apparent reason. In fact it’s not even that straightforward – the page isn’t rendered consistently…

  • Linkorama

    I have rediscovered the long-forgotten link tag. Use it to make your site more accessible.

  • Liquid lunch

    The new issue of Digital Web mag sees Peter-Paul Koch extolling the fine virtues of graceful degradation. That is the honourable action of building web sites that work† on all browsers without worrying if they are pixel perfect. With care, attention & experience this…

  • Naughty but nice

    Something of an exclusive: AOL are definitely moving over to the Gecko (Mozilla, Netscape 6+, etc.) engine. There’s been rumours, but how do I know for sure? Because AOL are making sure the most popular sites work with Gecko before they make the switch; remember I said we…

  • Mozilla 1.1

    Mozilla 1.1 is now out with some lovely new icons. It also claims to have improved application and layout performance, stability, CSS, DOM and HTML standards support. Official news on the forthcoming all-new Opera 7.

  • Mozilla is mine

    I have recently come to the conclusion that, as a Windows user, Mozilla has ‘officially’ become my browser of choice. For some time now, we’ve known about its superior support for The Standards, so why has it taken me so long to change? Because at home I…

  • When good type goes bad

    Jakob mourns the demise of the text sizing buttons IE but fails to point out that it won’t have any effect on a Windows machine if text is sized in pixels. Microsoft have stopped giving away their free web fonts.

  • Transparently flawed

    Those of you using quality browsers other than IE PC may have noticed the rather fetching drop shadow on said popup. This is PNG’s alpha transparency at work folks. While supported natively in Mozilla, Opera and IE for Mac, IE PC requires an ActiveX plugin which I decided…

  • ’Ello, ’ello, ’ello

    Here in the UK, Home Secretary Blunkett is pushing through proposals (“opening up a discussion”) for national identity (“social security entitlement”) cards. Let’s just state here and now that this is flawed thinking and just plain wrong. George…

  • The end to war

    Over in MacCentral there’s a few interesting thoughts from Marc Andreessen on why he thinks the browser wars are long gone and how divergence of browsing applications across different platforms is inevitable. Although quite how both the interviewer and Andreessen manage…

  • Get It

    Mozilla 1.0. Stick a fork in it. It’s done and looking good. Posted a few pikkies from the Mini Rally recently held in Brighton. Check out those wonderfully ridiculous chopped cars – why have a small car when you can have a tiny one? Like me, Owen Briggs has been…

  • Right click

    Some gizmos for improving your IE5 experience. Particularly helpful for developers. Google toolbar – quicker searching, page ranking etc. Validate HTML – using WDG validator. Disable style sheets – toggle CSS to check accessibility. Web Developer Accessories…

  • Seven

    Netscape have released a Version 7 preview. Still based on the Gecko rendering engine driving Netscape 6 with a few added features. While we’re on the subject, for a bit of fun trying downloading on old Navigator from the browser archive at evolt.

  • Upgrades

    Opera launches Opera 6.02 for Windows (my browser of choice). The upgrade fixes some issues with kiosk mode and adds SMS capability. Mozilla has come out with Release Candidate 2 in response to feedback from RC1

  • Mozilla 1.0

    Mozilla 1.0 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download. This is a trial run for the upcoming Mozilla 1.0 release.

  • Curvacious

    Web designers are forever sticking curves in their designs, particularly when smoothing corners of boxes. Designers have good reasons for this, but those of us charged with building the reality find it a pain in the bum, usually having to resort to tables to quickly get the job…