With the latest versions of Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox recently released, it became time for a browser comparison to test whether or not improvements in standards and raw speed have made a difference. This is especially true given the rapid shift in market share from Internet Explorer's one-time dominance: according to Statcounter, Internet Explorer currently commands just 61 percent of the browser market, while Firefox has climbed to second place with 30 percent market share and the last 9 percent shared between Chrome, Opera, Safari and smaller rivals. In the spirit of full disclosure and honest journalism, we should disclose that our primary browser on a daily basis is Firefox. Personal usage habits aside, this review will serve as a comprehensive and objective survey of the current browsing landscape. All of our testing was conducted on anotebook connected to a Wi-Fi network to simulate real world usage. The laptop is a Dell Latitude D630 with 2GB of RAM, a Core Duo processor and Windows XP.
The tests were not pursued in a lab environment, but should be representative of what an end user would expect. Our review of these four popular browsers began with fresh installs and updates of each one. All testing was done under actual usage scenarios with other applications running in the background. Each test also began with a fresh browser restart. Chrome 2 Firefox 3.5 Internet Explorer 8 Safari 4 industry compliance testing Our first test is from The Web Standards Project (webstandards.org) which is the home of the Acid2 and Acid3 browser tests. These tests verify that browsers are compliant with major web standards including W3C, HTML 4.0, XML 1.0, XHTML 1.1, and DOM and ECMA standards.
Unfortunately, starting from Mountain Lion, Mac OS has unknown publisher apps disabled for installation by default. There you will find a link to the latest version on Mozilla Firefox Portable at my cloud storage. If I will be forced to use a password, the password will also be published on my site. Portable Firefox for OS X is based purely on the all so popular Firefox Web Browser but revamped to be run from a USB flash drive or other portable storage device. Now, just like the Windows users, Mac OS X users can bring their Firefox favorites, personalized settings and secure login passwords.
2018 for mac. Safari 4 was the only browser to fully complete this test and earned a 100/100 score -- a not surprising result given the efforts of the WebKit team to target the Acid tests as a goal. Firefox came close at 93/100; Chrome, which also uses a modern WebKit engine, matched Apple at 100/100 but unusually produced an error stating that the 'linktest failed.' Internet Explorer failed the test spectacularly.
The first time IE ran Acid3, it stated that it needed to run an add-on called MSXML 3.0 and it made it to 12/100 with some random graphical errors. Upon allowing the add-on to load and re-running the test it progressed to 20/100, but still failed. Even though Firefox didn't make it to 100 and Chrome had failed the 'linktest,' these browsers at least seemed to run the test in the same amount of time as Safari. We don't think it would be fair to say that Firefox and Chrome are vastly inferior to Safari in their rendering capabilities; they simply don't adhere to the standards as closely as Safari does. If we were to give report cards as a result of the test, Safari would earn the top mark of an A+ while Chrome and Firefox would each receive an A. Internet Explorer, though, clearly earned an F.