Sunday, November 30, 2008

One Browser to Rule Them All

For web developers like myself, testing in multiple browsers is a mundane excruciating fact of life. This testing must be done because different browsers use different rendering engines that display content in different ways. Most rendering engines layout content in almost identical ways. Some have a mind of their own. Enter Lunascape. Lunascape is a Japanese browser that has just been made available in an English language alpha version, but that's not the cool part. The cool part is that Lunascape has three rendering engines not just one, they include the big 3: Gecko(Mozilla), Webkit(Safari, Chrome), and Trident(IE). Lunascape gives the user the unique ability to switch between rendering engines. If your an everyday web surfer, you don't care. If you're a web designer, your already drooling. Lunascape also supports all Firefox and IE addons. The makers claim that the browser is faster than anything out there, even Safari and Firefox. Although currently the reviews are less than stellar, that's what alpha software is all about. Reviews are available here: CNET, Lifehacker, OStatic.

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