Posted: Thursday October 18, 2007
With the latest beta of Safari 3 - Apple's latest incarnation of their browser - Apple has made out that the world should be ready to receive a brand new cross-platform browser with superior capabilities, ready to take on the Internet Explorers and Firefoxes out there already. And from the hype on the website you might believe that Safari was indeed "the World's best browser" but judging from the past offerings, you would probably think differently.
Safari 3 definitely closes a lot of the bugs that plagued Safari 2, though there are a few small aspects which continue to make development that much more troublesome than it could be. Here are some things that have happily been fixed:
There are however still some minor rendering issues that pop up now and then though their annoyance is more due to the fact that it differs from Firefox than from the issue itself. Among those issues are the fact that Safari still has problems with probably rarely used properties such as backgroundPosition though it has to be said that Firefox has similar issues. Similarly, it can start to hog memory in a big way. But it makes up for this (contrary to Firefox) in its speed. An onDomLoad event would be a nice addition too as this is becoming more and more useful as data is increasingly pulled in from external sites on media intensive pages.
In all though, Safari 3 is pretty solid and as soon as users migrate to the final version when it is out, the better for the site development community. Apart from User Experience qualms (such as not saving tabs properly when closing windows) it is definitely up and coming. Not sure about how much of an impact it will have on the Windows community, but Mac users will definitely benefit.