Ushering the arrival of Mozilla’s latest browser, the Firefox Download Day was set and word was spread as if it was the resurrection of Elvis Presley.
This article is not a review of the browser though but do read on and understand WHY I decide to write something about this initiative.
Here’s the quote from the Spread Firefox Official Website
Sounds like a good deal, right? All you have to do to help us set the record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours is get Firefox 3 now – it’s that easy. We’re not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome.
Please download Firefox 3 by 11:16 a.m. PDT (18:16 UTC) on June 18, 2008. That’s 11:16 a.m. in Mountain View, 2:16 p.m. in Toronto, 3:16 p.m. in Rio de Janeiro, 8:16 p.m. in Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Rome and Warsaw, 10:16 p.m. in Moscow, and June 19, 2008 at 2:16 a.m. in Beijing and 3:16 a.m. in Tokyo.
🙂 Happy I signed up for the pledge when the Firefox 3 Download Day was announced – I’ve been waiting for this browser for a little over half a year now. Here’s the E-mail notification I received…..
But heck I was skimming through my list of E-mails and I missed that one, fortunately a friend of mine reminded me of this via forum. 😀
What’s So Great About Firefox?
This is NOT a FIREFOX RAWKS article, ok? So I’m not going to be listing my praises for this browser here.
Well who’s to say Firefox isn’t a great browser in the first place? Anyone here remembers Netscape Navigator? I was killed by Microsoft, and how did Firefox – a stranger to the browser universe took the world by storm? 😀 By being a greater browser!
Have a look at the stats from W3Schools, this was a screen cap taken today
What got me excited over Firefox 3 was the long awaited improvement over Firefox 2 when it comes to rendering web pages based on web standards.
While Firefox 2 was ahead of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browsers, it wasn’t getting perfect score like Opera and Safari when it comes to rendering web pages.
Did Firefox 3 Pass ACID2 Test?
Yes it did – but firstly, what is the ACID2 test?
Acid2 is a test page for web browsers published by The Web Standards Project (WaSP). It has been written to help browser vendors make sure their products correctly support features that web designers would like to use. These features are part of existing standards but haven’t been interoperably supported by major browsers. Acid2 tries to change this by challenging browsers to render Acid2 correctly before shipping.
So there ya have it, and Firefox 3 passed it!
While this is not a Firefox 3 application review, there are a few things I wish to point out.
Firstly, the browser worked great – my history and bookmarks are in place and even my extensions and they’re all working fine!
The buttons were some what changed, the Address bar’s was changed a little but you’ll get use to it.
As for me, the first site I loaded was goldfries.com and I was surprised to see all my fonts were not as what it was. I tested out the options, nothing helped. Later I found out that it was the interpretation of CSS attributes where I use EM instead of PX for my fonts.
So after a little time spent on re-adjusting the fonts, it’s all fine now. 🙂 Well I was so distracted by the distortion on my site that I forgot to do a screenie of it. 😀 And no, I didn’t like it so much I didn’t keep a copy of the previous CSS file.
So now, do yourself a favor and DOWNLOAD FIREFOX if you’re still on that lousy Microsoft Internet Explorer that’s a real failure when it comes to XHTML / CSS rendering.
If Firefox is not your cup of tea, try Opera or Safari instead and support browsers who actually give you the PROPER rendering of web-pages. Internet Explorer’s terrible compliance has been a headache for many web designers, forums are always filled with questions on how to create a work-around for Internet Explorer’s flaws.
So it’s like choosing a restaurant, both cook the same dish and the dish looked and tastes similar – but wouldn’t you settle for the restaurant that provide you better service?
- How many have been downloaded? You can check it out right here!
- Want a certificate for your participation? Use this link (Just copy the Link address, change the word ‘goldfries’ to whatever your name is)