'Houston Chronicle' Raves About Easy, Fun, Fast, Safe, Free Mozilla Firefox

Saturday March 13th, 2004

The Houston Chronicle has an article about Mozilla Firefox, describing the browser as "easy, fun, fast, safe, free". The report highlights Firefox's popup blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated Google search, extensions, download manager, speed and privacy options. Thanks to tityre for telling us about this article.

#14 Re: Re: Re: Firefox is the only alternative?

by bzbarsky

Sunday March 14th, 2004 12:59 AM

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That site makes various claims that it backs up with footnotes, but its footnotes:

1) Claim something that is a bug that Mozilla and Safari avoid at all costs because it breaks some rather popular sites as an Opera feature. 2) Point to a CSS2 "test suite" known to be incredibly limited (it has about two to three orders of magnitude fewer tests than are needed to actually test something resembling CSS2 compliance). The fact that this test suite gives POSITIVE points for a buggy implementation of a CSS property is the first thing that should sound alarm bells. 3) Point to a "JS" test suite that actually tests various DOM functionality, not JS, lists results without controlling for the processor speed or operating environment (for example the popup test suffers terribly if the user places every window by hand, because the test is then measuring the user's reaction time), and is badly susceptible to spamming and mis-representation (by anyone who can change a user-agent).

it's very obviously an advocacy site by someone who loves the browser but has very little clue about layout engines, JS, DOM, etc.... and as a result makes a number of totally unfounded claims.