This site is all about pushing the web to its limits. Well, web browsers, I should say.
Now, thanks to innovations from the Mozilla foundation (the makers of the popular Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client), web browsers are again becoming our favorite software application. Mozilla popularized tabbed browsing, integrated pop-up blocking, integrated anti-phishing, RSS bookmarking, standardized 2D graphics, themes, and extensions. (Do I even have to mention Firefox’s much improved security over IE? Click here to see how exposed IE users were in 2006.)
With usage rates for Firefox as high as 30-40% in some countries, Mozilla is again poised to push the limits of the web. Firefox 3 promises a much richer, faster, and more desktop-like experience (even to the extent of being able to run real-time 3D online games).
Partly due to Mozilla’s success, Apple has been encouraged to throw serious development efforts behind its flagship browser, Safari. Even Microsoft has been reluctantly forced to update Internet Explorer after five years of purposeful stagnation so Bill could create his opus magnus and his intended replacement for web browsers.
The net result? We’re in the midst of a much needed period of innovation and creativity. By boosting the way we use browsers, we web developers are helping to ensure a safe, free (as in beer and as in speech), and progressive online world.
It is my goal to further the cause by helping web developers push the limits of browsers in a cross-platform, cross-browser, cross-cultural manner whenever possible.
My name is John Hann. I live in the Boston area.