Browser News Roundup – May 2012

Browser News Roundup – May 2012

Posted by Rainey

Did you say you are craving some browser news? Well you are in luck as there are a few bits to go over including a pretty controversial move by the Opera camp.

Opera Mobile to Implement WebKit?

Was Opera feeling left out of the party?

…we have experienced that many authors of (especially mobile) sites only use -webkit- prefixed CSS, thereby ignoring other vendor prefixes and not even including an unprefixed equivalent. This leads to a reduced user experience on Opera and Firefox, which don’t receive the same shiny effects such as transitions, gradients and the like, even if the browser supported those effects. – from Dev.Opera

To be fair Mozilla is also doing something similar, but the controversy seems to be falling heavier on the Opera side.  So, now Opera will render a 13 popular -webkit specific styles as shown below:

box-shadow -webkit-box-shadow
-o-transform -webkit-transform
-o-transform-origin -webkit-transform-origin
border-radius -webkit-border-radius
border-top-left-radius -webkit-border-top-left-radius
border-top-right-radius -webkit-border-top-right-radius
border-bottom-left-radius -webkit-border-bottom-left-radius
border-bottom-right-radius -webkit-border-bottom-right-radius
-o-transition -webkit-transition
-o-transition-delay -webkit-transition-delay
-o-transition-duration -webkit-transition-duration
-o-transition-property -webkit-transition-property
-o-transition-timing-function -webkit-transition-timing-function

You can read much more about about this in their article: Opera Mobile Emulator build with experimental WebKit prefix support


Paul Irish’s Walkthrough of Chrome’s DevTools Timeline Frame Mode == Awesome


Firefox 12 is Roaming the Internetz

Firefox 12 was released at the end of April, bringing some small changes and fixes with it.  The changes include:

  • Windows: Firefox is now easier to update with one less prompt (User Account Control)
  • NEW – Page Source now has line numbers
  • CHANGED – Line breaks are now supported in the title attribute
  • CHANGED – Improvements to “Find in Page” to center search result
  • CHANGED – URLs pasted into the download manager window are now automatically downloaded
  • DEVELOPER – Support for the text-align-last CSS property has been added
  • FIXED – Various security fixes
  • FIXED – Some TinyMCE-based editors failed to load (739141)
  • FIXED – OS X: WebGL performance may be degraded on some hardware (713305)

You can read the release notes for more details.

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