Konqueror, KDE’s Linux-based browser, became the second browser to pass the Acid2 test.
From the article:
Apple’s Safari browser was the first, which makes use of Konqueror’s advanced rendering engine KHTML. Thanks to some fixes that were integrated back into Konqueror from Safari improvements, and the hard work of the KHTML programmers, Konqueror can now boast a high level of CSS compliance.
I believe this brings to Linux an advanced web standards compliant rendering. It’s also interesting to note that Safari is based on Konqueror’s rendering engine.
I was interviewed recently on my participation on the Manila leg of the World Usability Day. Here’s the article about World Usability Day in Manila.
Opera was mentioned in the last post and now they are making a bit of a splash– The Opera browser is now ad-free. What this means is that a good portion of the 99% of the total web users will have one reason less not to like the fastest browser out there.
I’ve recently had a chance to get a beta copy of IE7 (don’t ask me how :D) and it promises a lot but also gives a big caveat to developers and designers, especially the web standards kind.
The Good: tabbed browsing, which seems to be the darling feature right now in web browsers. The interface is tweaked a bit (it’s sleeker and actually looks like Firefox) and the anti-phising feature seems to target novice net browsers.
Another improvement is the corrected CSS box model rendering (AT LAST!) This is probably the feature that may alter the course of web design history.
The Bad: Despite the big improvements, IE7 fails miserably WaSP‘s ACID 2 test. This test checks whether the browser can display key CSS features. The final output of the test is a smiley face. The screenshot below is how IE7 renders the test:
Hmmm… Doesn’t look like a smiley face to me.
I have been selected as the local leader for Metro Manila, Philippines events for the World Usabilty Day on November 3, 2005.
Those interested in sharing their ideas and time for the events, please contact me via my mobile: +63919-2907711.
Wow! My kind of day!
From the website: “World Usability Day is already several steps on our way to the goal of raising awareness of the importance of easy to use technology and user centered design for all.”
Where do I sign-up? 🙂
Slightly off-topic, but significant nonetheless– The Adobe‘s acquisition of Macromedia definitely changes the whole web authoring landscape. Its effect may not be felt in a few months, but definitely in a couple of years’ time.
While a lot of people are concerned with their software products, I’m more apprehensive about the support & other aspects like certification, user-group support and community support.