Archive for the 'Browsers' Category

Customize Firefox’s Autoscroll Icon On Your Site

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Customize the Firefox Autoscroll IconI’ve discovered a little trick that lets you change the icon that appears when you autoscroll in Firefox. Surprise your website visitors with this gimmick.

W3C Slacking?

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

It seems like problems concerning the W3C are arising, new standards are going nowhere and our great fathers of the W3C are sleeping. At least, this is the impression Björn Höhrmann gives us in his public statement concerning his departure from the W3C. Well-known and respected standards evangelist Jeffrey Zeldman seems to agree and adds his comments:

Beholden to its corporate paymasters who alone can afford membership, the W3C seems increasingly detached from ordinary designers and developers.

To those of us who are concerned about standards to help guide the web in everyone’s best interest, I consider this is a worrying issue. I’m waiting to see how and if the W3C responds to these allegations.

Update: it appears there is a response on the W3C’s QA Weblog.


Webdesigners Toolkit

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Webdesigners ToolkitWebdesigners Toolkit offers a selection of very useful Photoshop templates for your next website projects: editable browser templates of all major browsers, form elements, buttons and dummy copytext. There are also some book recommendations available. All browser templates include “safe area” and grid overlays to facilitate optimizing for specific screen resolutions. I use it all the time and recommend having a look.


Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Here’s a hilarious ad for Firefox. It’s quite silly but it gets down to the point. :) For more, have a look at Firefox Flicks, a new project challenging Firefox fans to create 30-second clips to help spread the word.

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Web Developer 1.0

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Web Developer Toolbar LogoThe best web developer tool ever just got better! Chris Pederick has released the first stable version of his infamous Web Developer extension for Firefox. Version 1.0 boasts many new improvements, among others:

  • Live HTML-Editting
  • Display rulers and photoshop-esque guidelines
  • More consistent and clearer menus
  • Display hidden elements (this was my feature wish :) )
  • New outlining features
  • A comprehensive “Display Element Information” tool
  • Small Screen Rendering
  • Many more features that could fill up another page.

If you develop websites and you haven’t tried out Web Developer yet, I suggest you drop everything else right now and give it a spin!

Kill Bill’s Browser

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Kill Bill\'s BrowserFrom the same folks that brought us music activism site Downhill Battle, there’s a nice microsite promoting “13 good reasons” to switch from Internet Explorer to Firefox: Kill Bill’s Browser. They also link to their other project, Explorer Destroyer, which explains how you can get paid $1 by Google for every user you get to switch to Firefox.


Saturday, November 12th, 2005

SiteVista, an alternative service to BrowserCam, has just released CSSVista. CSSVista enables you to edit and test your CSS simultaneously in Firefox and Internet Explorer via a split-screen layout. It’s free… unfortunately it’s only available for WinXP. With FF and IE, SiteVista covers a large majority of the browsers relevant for testing. Still, I find it’s best to cover a few more browsers. I test in the following browsers, though I don’t give too much attention to those that are redundant or outdated in the meantime. I’ve bolded the ones I try to get pixel perfect results in (except for Lynx, of course, which I use to test how the site works semantically).

  • IE 4.01, 5.01, 5.5, 6.0
  • Lynx
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7
  • Mozilla Suite 1.3, 1.5, 1.6
  • Netscape 4.74, 6.2, 7.2, 8.0
  • Opera 7.11, 7.54, 8.0, 8.5
  • SeaMonkey 1.0α
  • WebTV Viewer

Just wish I had a Mac to test in IE5.2, Safari and Omniweb!

You can find a very comprehensive archive of older browsers for your downloading and testing pleasure at

CSS Hacks and IE7

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

You may have already heard that a few of the most important CSS hacks are going to break in IE7. This is, in fact, a Good Thing™. What it basically means is that the IE team is getting its act together and trying to add as much standards compliance to IE7 as they can. All those child selector hacks we used to provide styles for non-IE browsers? Busted, since IE7 understands the child selector. On the good side, the browser finally does what it’s supposed to. And that’s what we wanted, right?

What it doesn’t mean, however, is that IE renders everything the way it should. We don’t know what will happen with those hacks. Will IE read them like Firefox, and then render them the same way? Doubtfully. If it did, the IE blog wouldn’t be sending out that call to action. In other words, we need to come up with alternatives to the current hacks. This could also mean going back to all those CSS websites we’ve done a while ago and replacing the hacks to ensure those sites work in IE7. Luckily, we’re all in the same boat, and to give us all a hand, position is everything has compiled a guide on how to work around those problems. Read it, you’re going to need it. With a browser of such major market share, there’s no way around it.

Dark alpha PNGs in Safari 2

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Apparently Safari 2 (available on MacOS X Tiger) has a render bug when it comes to tiled PNGs with alpha transparency. Images show up much darker than they are supposed to. Jon Hicks has found a simple workaround to this problem: don’t use 1×1 pixel tiles. Use 2×2 instead!

Google Suggest for Firefox

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

A lot of us have probably tried out Google Suggest by now. If not, you should give it a quick try. The Google Toolbar for Firefox offers Google Suggest as a main feature.

For those of you who think the Google Toolbar is too bloaty, there is a solution. Google Suggest can now be installed as a seperate extension and enhances the standard Firefox search field with the nifty auto-suggest feature.

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