Posts Tagged ‘firefox

Headers printing in Google Chrome

Posted in Technicalon Sep 11, 2008

I have a project which requires me to print from a web browser. Firefox wasn’t printing things very correctly, which prompted me to consider printing through Google Chrome.

Google Chrome did a reasonable job at rending the pages, but it has one problem. It wants to print headers on the top and bottom of all the pages including: the url, the page title, the date, and the page number. For my print job, I don’t want to reveal all that information, and I would prefer to print my pages without it.

In Firefox, I am given a Page Setup option from the File menu where I can customize headers, footers, and margins for printing. I cannot find any such option in Google Chrome.

Acid 3 revisted

Posted in Technicalon Sep 8, 2008

In March I ran the Acid 3 web browser stress test against all the most modern browsers at the time to see how they performed. Since then, there are new versions of browsers which justify a re-run of the tests. Here are the results:

  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1 – 71/100
  • Google Chrome – 79.100
  • Opera 9.52 – 83/100
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13 – Too bad to tell. Perhaps 5/100?
  • Apple’s Safari 3.1.2 (525.21) – 75/100
  • Flock 1.2.5 – 53/100

All the web browsers were run on the same Windows XP system.

Then, out of curiosity, I decided to check the memory usage of each browser and found the following:

  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1 – 55M (After all add-ons were turned off)
  • Google Chrome – 41M
  • Opera 9.52 – 27M (But then crashed on subsequent loads)
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13 – 41M (But still couldn’t render the test at all)
  • Apple’s Safari 3.1.2 (525.21) – 41M
  • Flock 1.2.5 – 54M

Download Firefox 3 Now

Posted in Technicalon Jun 17, 2008

Firefox 3 is the best thing to hit the web since Firefox 2, or maybe Opera. If you are still using a big blue e called Internet Explorer, stop! Start using Firefox 3 today. Click this image to download:
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Acid3 Test

Posted in Technicalon Mar 5, 2008

The Acid tests are various tests for web browsers to see how well they can adhere to standards. If a web browser was a computer science project, these would the tests the teaching assistant would run on your project to see how well you did and to assign you a score.

The Acid3 test was recently released, and I ran it on a few web browsers I had installed here. Here is how they performed:

  • Firefox on Windows: 49/100
  • Safari 3.0.4 on Windows: 38/100
  • Opera 9.26 on Windows: 46/100
  • Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13: 12? (It was so screwed up I couldn’t hardly see the score)
  • Flock 1.1 (based on Firefox) on Windows: 52/100
  • Firefox on Linux: 50/100

I also ran it against Konquerer on Linux, but it kept crashing. Other people are reporting other various scores with various versions.

Update March 7. I’m a little confused about how the tests work. For example, I’ve run it multiple times on the Flock browser, but I’ve seen three different scores come out. I’m confused how the same test can yield different results at different browsers on the same browser. I want things to be more deterministic.

Update March 25. I ran the tests against the new Safari 3.1 on windows, and it scored an impressive 75/100.

Update March 26. Firefox on Windows scored for me today a 53/100.

SQLite Manager that rocks

Posted in Technicalon Nov 6, 2007

As a web developer, I’m always on the lookout for tools that help me develop great web apps. Today I found a tool to help manage an SQLite database. It is developed as a Firefox add-on, and it is called SQLite Manager. Although it runs under the Firefox web browser, it provides a nice interface for managing an SQLite database that is local to your system. If you are into managing such database, I suggest this add-on.

According to an article on Mozilla Links, Firefox takes 28% market share in Europe. Hungary showed the greatest growth in market share, while Slovenia is the European country with the greatest market share support for Firefox.

This report comes as Firefox 3 is in its sixth alpha version. Firefox 3 will have a number of new features and refinements, including support for “contentEditable” fields, better memory management, text zoom memory, native ogg audio/video support, and many other features.

Feed free to find out more about Firefox, including the ability to download Firefox with the Google Toolbar.

I was reading various blogs this evening, and I saw that Google has released version 3 of their toolbar for Firefox.  I immediately thought, “Cool.”  So I went to my extensions menu in Firefox and selected “Find updates.”  Nothing happened.  I expected it to come back to me and say that there were some new updates available, but nope.  Not for any of my extensions which is kind of weird.  Maybe it is because I’m using a Mac.

Update: About 10 minutes later, I’m re-reading this, and I realize that I could have actually read the Google blog post.  They released the version 3 beta of the toolbar. That would certainly explain why it isn’t automatically updating in Firefox.  I guess I got over excited about it and posted before thinking.  How embarrassing.