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When thinking about this post, gazillions of little things came to my mind. They are at most mildly interesting and I’m not really going to elaborate them as that’d take ages. Also, I feared my main point might be buried by them. So let me start with what I originally wanted to say:

David Hyatt, (one of) the guy(s) behind Safari, started work to make Safari pass some strange browser test. That’s great on a few levels: The test looks excellent – Not only does it check for all sorts of technical details, it looks nice at the same time. A browser’s compliance can easily be seen by looking at an image. This makes it easy to see that there is a problem and to see improvements.

And that’s exactly what Hyatt does, by posting descriptions of what he analyses and improves along with screenshots reflecting the changes he made, the progress is visible. That’s nice. And to me his writing seems very good as well: to the point and without being unappropriately humble or dismissive as people often seem to be in similar situations. It’s also good to see that there is progress and that advice is being sought. Although the latter point may of course backfire if people start dumping arbitrary Safari-related bug reports into the comments forms for very special technical points.

Right. That was what I wanted to say, now for the asides…

Hmmm, more than enough digressions, I suppose.

April 16, 2005, 3:41


Comment by d.w.: User icon

The super-slow page loads in the previous Safari version seemed to be tied to having Autofill turned on for “Other forms”. Whatever the root cause of this bug was appears to be fixed in Safari 1.3, because I now get equal pageload performance whether I have that option enabled or disabled.

April 18, 2005, 4:11

Comment by ssp: User icon

Interesting. I am seeing the slow loads (actually these are stalls of Safari with the spinning rainbow beachball of death) again now. And I’m still unable to say what causes them. I’ll have a look at that auto-fill option to be sure (which I couldn’t before because that preference had vanished on my system).

My other suspect would be PithHelmet. So I’m trying to use Safari without it for a while now… but thats so horrible. Eeek.

April 18, 2005, 17:41

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