"Here is your guide to all things Firefox, the flagship brand in the Mozilla universe. It's full of guidelines, examples and tips to help you create websites and communications that are on brand and on style, both online and off.
The Firefox brand is a living thing. It grows, changes and adapts. So we want you to have easy access to the latest and greatest out there. And lo we created this toolkit. And it was good."
Fig.1 Mozilla's unabashedly self-promoting "A Different Kind of Browser" clip.
"iPad Peek is a nifty tool that lets you see how any website will be rendered on the iPad. Click on the top border to switch from landscape to portrait mode. The virtual keyboard and the buttons on the iPad browser are just for show, but the reload button works.
Previewing a website in iPad Peek doesn’t offer the “real” iPad experience, however; for example, Flash works (and it shouldn’t). To get closer to the real deal, you should disable the Flash plugin in your browser and change the user agent string to that of the Apple iPad."
(Stan Schroeder 05 April 2010, Mashable)
"We built SuperPreview to simplify the process of testing and debugging layout issues across different web browsers and platforms. You can view your pages in multiple browsers simultaneously or view how a page renders in a browser and compare it to a comp or mock-up image of a page.
SuperPreview will be included as part of a future version of Expression Web. The final feature set and its availability have not been announced. The SuperPreview demo shown at the MIX09 conference was a technology preview and not a product announcement. However, because we'd like to get feedback on this technology and on its implementation, we have announced a beta version of SuperPreview for Internet Explorer. This free download will allow you to compare renderings of IE6 with whatever other version of IE you have installed on your machine. If you have installed IE8, you'll be able to compare IE6, IE8 and IE8 running in IE7 compatibility mode, side-by-side. The final 'shipping' version of SuperPreview for Internet Explorer will continue to be available for free. The Expression Web team hopes that it will be useful in helping to make the process of developing web pages for IE (and in general), faster and easier."
"As part of the marketing drive to push downloads of its Chrome browser, Google has been creating a series of promotional videos and releasing them on their YouTube channel. One recent video, however, offers a fascinating-though perhaps not methodologically ironclad-piece of 21st century web anthropology, questioning people in Times Square as to their preference in browsers. While it's a safe assumption that the PSFK-reading demographic not only knows what a browser is but most likely has sound reasons for their choice, fewer than 8% of those questioned by Google's man on the street even knew what a browser is. Interestingly, many of those interviewed considered 'browser' and 'search engine' synonymous-no doubt ironically having something to do with Google Search's own massive ubiquity."
(Sam Biddle, PSFK, 19 June 2009)
[This sure puts things in perspective. It's all well and good arguing the differences between various social software tools and technologies but if as shown here most people have little awareness (or most likely interest) in such things then how significant are these technologies really (especially when they are put in context with more pressing concerns)?]