Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 24th Feb 2009 14:55 UTC
Apple Apple released the Safari 4 Beta today. Features: Tabs on top. "Top Sites" 'Speed Dial' feature. "Smart" address/search fields. HTML5 Canvas. HTML5 Audio/Video (though no Ogg). Acid 3. CSS Animation/Gradients/Masks/Reflection. CSS Web Fonts. New "Nitro" Javascript engine - "Up to 4 times faster than Firefox 3.1". 'Native' look and native font rendering on Windows Vista/XP. I can think of only one thing: "Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station!"
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RE[2]: 150 features
by rajan r on Tue 24th Feb 2009 16:47 UTC in reply to "RE: 150 features"
rajan r
Member since:
2005-07-27

Uhm, Opera 10 Alpha 1 beat Safari to the punch. Unless you're saying the beta release is a general release.

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RE[3]: 150 features
by Kroc on Tue 24th Feb 2009 16:49 in reply to "RE[2]: 150 features"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Ah, well said. Safari 4 beta is a for-public-consumption release, offered by default. Opera 10 isn’t.

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RE[4]: 150 features
by Laurence on Tue 24th Feb 2009 17:12 in reply to "RE[3]: 150 features"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Ah, well said. Safari 4 beta is a for-public-consumption release, offered by default. Opera 10 isn’t.


Opera 10 is publically downloadable so Safari wasn't the first to the Acid3 proverbial flag - end of.

But does it really matter? At least Safari now supports it - first or not.

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RE[4]: 150 features
by rajan r on Tue 24th Feb 2009 17:25 in reply to "RE[3]: 150 features"
rajan r Member since:
2005-07-27

Having a beta (which have crashed once on me) being the default download *and* replacing the previous version of Safari is downright stupid. Not admirable.

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RE[3]: 150 features
by arpan on Tue 24th Feb 2009 17:50 in reply to "RE[2]: 150 features"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Check your details.

Opera claimed to pass it first. But there was a bug in the test, which the Safari team found. Once this bug was corrected, Safari was the first one to get 100/100 in Acid 3.

But getting 100/100 is not enough to pass the test. The browser also has to render the animation smoothly with a certain maximum time per test.

Safari with it's new JS engine manages to do that. Opera's JS engine isn't fast enough to do that yet. So Opera only passes a part of the text.

See what the text says: http://acid3.acidtests.org/

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RE[4]: 150 features
by bert64 on Tue 24th Feb 2009 20:16 in reply to "RE[3]: 150 features"
bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

If acid3 depends on speed of rendering, then would more powerful hardware rather than a more efficient javascript engine make all the difference?

Would that also make a particular browser non compliant when running on hardware below a certain level...

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RE[3]: 150 features
by someone on Wed 25th Feb 2009 02:35 in reply to "RE[2]: 150 features"
someone Member since:
2006-01-12

Uhm, Opera 10 Alpha 1 beat Safari to the punch. Unless you're saying the beta release is a general release.


Actually, WebKit (alpha-quality builds of Safari) beat Opera 10 alpha 1 to the punch.

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