Safari as my primary browser instead of Firefox 3

Posted by Tim Connor Thu, 05 Apr 2007 17:41:00 GMT

After a little while running OS X, it got harder and harder to bring myself to fire up the ‘fox. Safari looks better on OS X, and just seems to run less bloated. Firefox has enough developer friendly extensions that of course I’ll always have it around for when I hit a DOM/css problem, and it’s useful for triangulating the web standards – if it works in Safari and FireFox, it’s good enough until I get to final browser tweaks and have to fire up Parallels.

There is one reason, everything else aside, that I’d continue to find FF a pain on the Mac, as anything else than a last ditch development tool, though: the stupid legacy choice about which modifier key opens in a new tab. Firefox follows the IE lead about adding http:// and .com if you hit enter in the address field, while holding down the primary modifier (CTRL on PC and Command on Mac), so as to make it easier on ex-IE users. That means you have a different modifier for opening in a tab based on wether you are clicking a link or typing in the address bar. Alt (option on Mac), is the “download this link” modifier when using a mouse, and “open in tab” in the address bar. Even though I use a 3-button mouse it’s still damn annoying to have to remember to use the “download” modifier, if I am using the address or search bar. And I can’t seem to find any way to change it – DAMN annoying (and stupid).

Thus yet another reasons that Safari just makes me happy.


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    Mutiny Design 3 months later:

    I recently downloaded Safari for MS. It has very good handeling for Javascript and CSS although I have noticed a few problems with images, loading pages and one very odd CSS glitch. I’m not sure if this is just the wondows version?

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    Tim Connor 3 months later:

    There are bugs in all the browsers out there. Yes, the OS X version will most likely work better, though, than the windows one (even if that one does seem to work surprisingly well).

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    Gabbo Web Design about 1 year later:

    Its about time standards are created across the board. Each browser should be given a quality score based on different criteria. And the browser should be made to display this quality score with the reasons for it. I’m fed up having to try and accommodate every browser.