Safari Updated – Developers Giddy


Today Apple released its first major Safari update since the release of Leopard.

Taking a look through the improvements it would seem this update is largely for developers.

Sure there are the common security and stability improvements that mainly cater to the average user, but the bulk of the updates ultimately make Safari a more appealing browser to develop for.

The biggest (or at least most noticeable) change is the new Develop menu item that can be enabled. For all practical purposes it is basically the old Debug menu that has now been added as a Preference item so it is more easily accessed.

In addition to the new Develop menu, they’ve made quite a few web standards and application additions.

  • Adds support for CSS 3 web fonts
  • Adds support for CSS transforms and transitions
  • Adds support for HTML 5 <video> and <audio> elements
  • Adds support for offline storage for Web applications in SQL databases
  • Adds support for SVG images in <img> elements and CSS images
  • Adds support for SVG advanced text

Safari continues to establish itself as a legitimate browser worth developing for and hopefully this update will convince both consumers and developers to do just that.

Safari 3.1 is available via Software Update or the Safari page.

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