Google has released an open source browser based on Apple’s
Safari rendering engine. The current version is 39.0.2171.65
Last revised/verified: 2014-11-20.
- It is the fastest browser
- Google translate integrates beautifully. It automatically
translates as you go. You can flip back and forth between the
language and English with the click of a button.
- Available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
- When you enter the name of a file to browse, it lets you use any
combination of / and \
URL (Uniform Resource Locator).
- It multi-threaded with isolation between the threads so if one
goes berserk, it takes only one window down, not the whole browser.
HotSpot works for Java.
- It has constantly updated lists of sites that are malware or
- It is very good at importing bookmarks from other browsers or from
- When you reload a page, it does not make you grant permissions all
- Like other browsers it has add-on apps, called extensions, though
not as many as Firefox. Most of them are just silly diversions, not
- Like other browsers Chrome has themes, a special type of
extension. Chrome’s are more practical without a lot of
distracting contrast. Most of them are pretty gross, car and girl. I
liked Snow Fox, A Bit Windy and Tree.
Browsers generally work best with light colored themes. With a black
one, it is hard to see the buttons. The only time you see the
picture is when you open a new tab.
- Chrome can import/export its settings to other browsers.
JSON (Java Script Object Notation).
This may not sound like a plus, but compared with writing
XML (extensible Markup Language),
- It has a clean look. Most of the screen is for displaying the
document. It does not use up a lot of space with bars and buttons.
- It has its own Flash player which automatically updates with
Chrome. You cannot update it separately.
- Chrome’s inspect element is
excellent. It helps me rapidly figure out why my
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
is not doing what I expect. I use it on other people’s sites
to find out the full
they used to create logo images with
I can then easily download them to use as logos on my own site.
Without it, I would have to use FastStone, which would lose any
transparency info. Browsers will usually tell you the
of images created with <img but not
- It has no edit button to let you edit the current
page in your favourite text editor. Every other browser has one.
This is a showstopper! The Chrome people think of this as a feature.
Chrome cannot be used to modify files even via an external editor.
This makes it very safe. They are being pedantic twits. When you are
creating HTML/CSS markup, you need to go back and forth between
editor and browser. Chrome won’t let you invoke the editor for
a page you see. You must capture the file:
url and paste it into your editor, converting it to a file name if
your editor cannot handle
URLs (Uniform Resource Locators).
- It does not support Java Applets with the usual
Java version 1.7,
even though it claims to work. You must install a special Chrome version of
version 1.6.0_29. Once that is done,
Chrome will start using your
I gather the Chrome version of Java includes a Plugin for Chrome,
which is the crucial piece. It should be bundled with Chrome itself.
This problem may now be cleared up. Try installing your Javas before
you install Chrome.
- It says it does not support Java Web Start, but it
does. It just takes several clicks to launch.
- It does not support classes or styles on <COL
- You would think if you hovered over a link it would provide a
tooltip as to where that link goes. It does not. You would think
right clicking the link would let you discover where it is going. It
does not. However, if you hover over link, in faint type, at the
bottom left of the screen, it will tell you the partial url.
- It ignores width in
styles. You must use min-width.
- It crashes often, then quickly recovers and carries on.
- It sometimes takes a long time to start because it is resolving
- If you edit an image, you can’t proofread the new version
without exiting Chrome and restarting. Reloading the page will not
- You cannot exit with a download in progress, without terminating
browser colgroup support
|Browser Colgroup Support|
Those browsers marked with an x all have a bug. They will not render <col class="xxxx">s
correctly. The ones with a tick render it correctly. The Opera people say this is a feature not a bug. The language lawyers claim the W3 spec says that the browser is supposed to ignore the color
attribute from the <col class. Logically, I think the <col styles should apply to the entire column, but not to <th rows. In addition Firefox, SeaMonkey, Safari and Flock also ignore the <col align attribute. Opera and IE render
Firefox, SeaMonkey and Opera support almost all the HTML5 entities. Chrome and Safari support many of them.
|On Every row
If both cells in the left hand Style Test column are the same colour, then your browser (the one you are using now to view this page) supports
If both cells in the right hand Alignment Test column right-align, then your browser supports <col align=
Dreamweaver lets you apply a css style to all rows individually. Last revised/verified: 2014-12-18
- When the download is done, it won’t notify you. You have to
guess when it is complete and you have to go find the file and
execute it. It does not make it easy for you to run the install. I
can’t believe Google could screw up something so basic that
every other browser does in its sleep.
- Some programs such as Avant and JPSoft Take Command are updated
frequently using the same downloadable name for each version. Chrome
renames your download to avoid overwriting the old one. If are not
aware it has done this, you will just install the old version again,
and gradually accumulate obsolete update downloads. You have to
manually modify the download name to get Chrome to write over top of
the old download. On paper, this sounds like a good idea, but in
practice, Chrome’s behaviour is almost never what you want.
- When you save an image it takes 12+
seconds before it even asks you where to store the image. It is
similarly slow starting downloads.
- It cannot print white writing on a black background. Use Firefox
- There is no 64-bit version.
- It works only on Windows and works only with Java 1.6.0_10+
- It is based on an older Safari engine which still has a serious
- There does not appear to be any way to customise the toolbars.
- It does not have a way to launch Java Web Start automatically.
- It does not yet support
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
client authentication, though it does support access to
EVSSL (Extended Verification Secure Socket Layer)
- It is quite slow at saving images.
- Sometimes your computer slows to a crawl. If you look in the task
manager, you will see dozens of copies of Chrome running.
Something is rotten in the state of
~ William Shakespear
(born: 1564-04-23 died: 1616-04-23 at age: 52)
Marcellus in Hamlet Act I scene iv
There is something a little fishy about Google. First they
discontinued support for Java Applets, but maintained the fiction they
were by having a button to turn it on. It does not work in beta
either. They have fiddled with Java Web Start to make it clumsy to
use, rather than a one-click as intended. Why are they trying to ruin
Java Applets while simultaneously promoting Java for use inside
Second, Google Chrome seems to be the only browser that can deal with
Google Adsense and Google Translate reacting so slowly. There is a
technical reason for this — their superior multi-thread
hobbled Google AdSense so that Chrome would look better compared with
other browsers. They properly should fix AdSense, Translate and the
like to work properly in any browser when the Google server is slow or
the proxy server is slow.
Chrome’s support of Java is incompetent to the point of malice.
Nether Java nor Java Web start work when you first install Chrome.
You can coax Java Applets to partially work by installing a special Chrome
version of Java including a complete
version 1.6.0_29 and plug-in
DLL (Dynamic Link Library)
for Chrome. Once that is done, Chrome will start using your 32-bit
You can then uninstall the obsolete
version 1.6.0_29. However, even then
Chrome keeps asking permission over and over to run an unsigned Applet
as if there were something dangerous about it. It re-asks even for the
same page and even if you have previously told to it accept Applets
from this website before, especially if you load from local hard disk.
Further, Chrome randomly fails to render some of the Applets
on a page. Every time you reload the page a different set of them will
render. Further, it keeps reloading pages for no reason at all,
sometimes with Java, sometimes without. This is too incompetent for
words. A student who handed in a program in a first year programming
course would get failing grade for this sort of half-assed effort.
Once you have Applets working, you can tackle making Java Web Start
work, using this Easter egg.
- Go to the SetClock
Java Web Start page (or any other
JWS (Java Web Start)
- Click the orange
- Download the *.jnlp file to a temporary
directory. You can discard it later.
- In the bottom left of your screen you will see word setclock.jnlp
with a tiny downward pointing arrow just to the right of it.
- Click the tiny arrow.
- Tick off always open files of this type.
- Now try launching SetClock again by
clicking the orange
icon. It should ever after start properly.
RFE (Request For Enhancement)
- Chrome should stop dicking around and run Java Applets and Java
Web Start right out the box.
- It is libelous the way Chrome keeps asking permission over and
over to run an unsigned Applet as if there were something dangerous
about it. The must cut that out.
- Chrome should let you close all the tabs without exiting the
- Chrome should let you configure a page editor/source viewer.
- Chrome frequently freezes the address bar so you can’t type
in a new
It should not do that.
- If you ever change your mind and want to download the *.jnlp
files to examine them, you are out of luck with Chrome. You will
have to use some other browser that lets you change your mind.