Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jun 2010 15:36 UTC
Internet & Networking Earlier this week, Apple launched a HTML5 Showcase page, displaying several uses for HTML5 and related technologies. However, it turns out that Apple is using trickery to block out browsers other than Safari, with the end result that browsers with better support for web standards than Safari can't access the demos.
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Overblown
by earksiinni on Fri 4th Jun 2010 16:34 UTC
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Apple is using trickery to block out browsers other than Safari


Here's a direct quote from Apple's showcase page about their intentions:

The demos below show how the latest version of Apple’s Safari web browser, new Macs, and new Apple mobile devices all support the capabilities of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Not all browsers offer this support. But soon other modern browsers will take advantage of these same web standards — and the amazing things they enable web designers to do.


I'm no Apple apologist or fanboy, but I think calling browser sniffing "trickery" is going too far considering that they're being pretty transparent about the page's raison d'etre, which is explicitly to "show how the latest version of Apple’s Safari web browser...[supports] the capabilities of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript." Heck, they even gave a half-shout out to the other side when they wrote "Not all browsers offer this support", implying that there are some browsers that do (yes, Apple's glaring bias against eLinks, which has had JavaScript support for some time now, also makes me steaming mad!!)

What really makes me feel like the "trickery" comment is unjustified, however, is that when you click on the demo links it says very clearly that they need you to use Safari. That's miles ahead of other websites that block unsupported yet capable browsers without any kind of explanation at all. They're upfront about their chicanery =).

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