Tuesday, March 22nd 2005
Through Slashdot I found this article at The Age. It’s very accurate and an interesting in-depth read on Firefox and open standards. It would be interesting to hear where they got the 40 million figure from though – Spreadfirefox.com hasn’t updated the counter for ages, and even though I read basically all the Mozilla blogs, I haven’t come across that figure anywhere.
Anyway, the article reminded me of all the nice and truly good things about Firefox:
- Conforming to standards: By using a browser which follows the W3C standards and doesn’t make up standards of it’s own I am helping to move the web forward. The current technological grid-lock on the web wouldn’t have been at all as serious if IE6 had implemented the standards properly. (As I have previously written here, IE6 claims to comply with CSS1, but doesn’t.)
- Security and privacy: Since I started using Firefox, I can’t remember having a single unwanted pop-up. Having seen the adware and spyware mess that infests computers on which IE6 is the mainly used browser, I know I am using a browser that stops that kind of junk in its tracks.
- Efficiency: The tabs in Firefox together with the middle-click (or Ctrl-click) are huge time and annoyance savers. The default behaviour of Windows XP to
group similar buttons in the taskbar makes web browsing with Internet Explorer into a full-blown IQ test. Trying to find the right window in the list that pops up when you click the Explorer taskbar-button is just such a pain – at least when you know how simple and swift a truly efficient web browsing user interface can be.
Well, those are the main points anyway. Then of course there are many nice little details, such as extensions and themes, too.