So, I have a long diatrabe about standardizing on Firefox and then another open source browser gets released. I'm currently writing this blog post on Google's new browser Chrome. It is a different experience for sure, but some of the same familiar features that I like such as tabbed browsing, and formatted code when you 'view source'. It also has a DOM inspector comparable to Firefox.
Here are a few screen shots for your visual enjoyment.
I pulled up the acid2 test
site to see how well it adhered to web standards, and it rendered perfectly. Beautifully. Much better than Firefox.
If you have never heard of the acid2 test
, it is a test site writen by the web standards project
to help web browser vendors correctly support features that web designers would like to use and to test these features before
the vendor ships their browsers. Here is some samle renderings. This should open your eyes.
Mozilla Firefox 3
Internet Explorer 7
I was not surprised by the results of IE7. Microsoft is famous for making its own 'standards'. I was surprised by the results of Firefox (UPDATE: I have updated the pic for firefox. AdBlock Plus will garble the Acid2 test, and therefore my surprise is no longer valid). My apologies to the folks at Opera as I have not tried this test on that browser. And who cares about Konquerer?
So back to Chrome. Its a nice environment. I will be using it for all my gmail accounts, but not for use on every site. Its a fast browser also. Pages render lightning fast, especially gmail (go figure). The next step for Google is to begin allowing and overseeing add ons to the browser as Firefox does (and IE to some extent). When you start having developer extensions, add blocking, editing, and bookmarking extensions, you should start seeing a noticeable uptick in usage. Its going to be a serious competitor to Firefox. Still some bugs, but overall some very nice features.
Labels: browsers, chrome, firefox, IE7