NetSurf conquers WikipediaPublished: 1st Jul 2006, 23:15:03 | Permalink | Printable
A knockout that doesn't involve the England footie teamThe open source web browser NetSurf now supports so-called 'absolute positioning' in web pages - allowing it to correctly display the tricky Wikipedia front page for the first time. It can also handle more of CSS Zen Garden's exquisite and complicated designs. On top of this, the software's approach to display and redraw websites has been significantly optimised to make it more efficient. This 'knockout rendering' ensures each pixel is only plotted once, rather than multiple times as the browser builds up layers of elements to form the page.
NetSurf compares well to the stalled RISC OS Firefox port on Wikipedia
NetSurf at one with the CSS
Cookie support has been overhauled and re-introduced into the application, and a URL database was designed to hold addresses of webpages visited.
Michael Drake, of the NetSurf development team, said: "The browser renders many of CSS Zen Garden's design well now. It does a few perfectly, and most tolerably with a few issues here and there, a few poorly.
"The page layout has improved a lot this last week, cookies have been mostly implemented, and Richard Wilson has sped up the loading of the application and its general browsing speed."
How far away the team of volunteers are from releasing the fabled stable version 1.0 of NetSurf is "difficult to estimate", says Mike. Lists and other elements including
:after need to be supported, as well as the 119 bugs in the fault tracker which need addressing.
NetSurf website - the new knockout rendering can be activated by pressing control-F11 until it's more formally introduced into the application
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