Google has released an open source browser based on Apple’s Safari rendering engine. The current version
is 23.0.1271.97 Last revised/verified: 2012-12-13.
- 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 \ in the 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.
- It has constantly updated lists of sites that are malware or phishing sites.
- It is very good at importing bookmarks from other browsers or from html.
- When you reload a page, it does not make you grant permissions all over again.
- Like other browsers it has add-on apps, called extensions, though not as many as Firefox. Most of them are
just silly diversions, not productivity tools.
- 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
- Chrome can import/export its settings to other browsers.
may not sound like a plus, but compared with writing XML (extensible Markup Language), it is.
- 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.
- 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 Java including
JRE version 1.6.0_29. Once that is done, Chrome will start using your 1.8.0_05.
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
- It does not support classes or styles on <COL tags.
- It ignores width in CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) 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 proxy.
- If you edit an image, you can’t proofread the new version without exiting Chrome and restarting.
Reloading the page will not suffice.
- You cannot exit with a download in progress, without terminating the download.
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: 2014-03-18
- 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 instead.
- 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 security flaw.
- 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 SSL end 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
- If Chrome refuses to start, go into the task manager and delete any Chrome applications and Chrome
processes. If the problem persists, reboot. If the problem still persists, uninstall any questionable Chrome
add-ons. Scan the list of apps in the control panel or Ace utilities and uninstall any you do not recognise.
If the problem still persists, try a different browser.
- In the top right corner, click
⇒ Tools ⇒ Extensions to manage add-ons.
- To view source, right click.
- It is missing a stop button. You stop by hitting the Esc key.
- Configure larger fonts under Options ⇒ Minor
- Instead of installing itself in X:\Program Files or X:\Program Files (x86), oddly it installs itself in C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe.
- To search Google, type the words you want to search for in the address bar, if it does not look like a file
name or a URL, Chrome treats it is a query.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
~ 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 Android cellphones?
Second, Google Chrome seems to be the only browser that can deal with Google Adsense and Google Translate
However, it is almost as though the deliberately 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
JRE 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 1.8.0_05. You can then uninstall the obsolete JRE
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) app).
- 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 program.
- Chrome should let you configure a page editor/source viewer.
- Chrome frequently freezes the address bar so you can’t type in a new URL.
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