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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Just FYI...

Safari 4 supports the new Javascript Worker object that your quote from Ars talks about.

Safari 4 also handles the audio and video tags you talk about, supporting all audio and video file types that QuickTime does. In fact, Safari 3 did too. I've got the Ogg QuickTime plugin installed on my Mac and have been happily playing ogg vorbis files through HTML 5 audio tags for many months.

Unfortunately I can't say the same for Firefox 3.1. I regularly check the Firefox "Minefield" nightly builds, and have never had the audio playback work on my Mac. The same build releases on Linux do play back audio. Windows releases have had poor performance for audio playback.

On these fronts Safari does not really have any catching up to do with Firefox.

It is a shame that Apple are being arses by not supporting the Ogg codecs out of the box though.

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