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    Anyone else testing their pages on chrome yet?

    Hello........

    Though it only very recently released; chrome's user base is growing relatively rapidly. Since it released late fall of last year, almost 5% of users who visit w3c schools are using chrome to get there.
    W3C browser stats

    And just recently I saw a commercial for it on the telly, which I would assume is going to help it's popularity grow quite rapidly.

    It does have quite a few rendering differences than IE or firefox. alot having to do with border/padding/margin declarations in css.

    An annoyance I've found is that while testing a page it will cache the current look, so if you update the code too frequently the site won't update in the browser. Personally I like to switch back and forth a lot while adjusting my css. But alas, once it's cached it won't display the changes (even after clearing the browser history, cookies, and cache).

    Anyway, what do you guys think of the browser? Worth taking the time to add it to the list of browsers you want consistency in? Currentlt my list includes (as I'm sure it's not too dissimilar to most :wink: )

    IE6
    IE7
    IE8
    Firefox
    Safari


    and as of 2 months ago I added chrome to the list as well.

    Have you guys done the same?
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    Not yet, I get more Opera visitors than Chrome visitors thus far

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    our clients insist on having it checked on Chrome. So our designers and coders do check it on chrome. And, recently even I have switched it from Mozilla to chrome..

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    I develop and test in Opera, verify in Safari and Chrome, and then add bug fixes and workaround for Firefox and IE 6/7. Still don't have access to IE8 for testing.
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    I started testing on chrome the day it arrived online, I knew from the offset it had the potential to really hit the big time (in terms of browser market leaders) and it has not failed to disappoint by being in the top 5 browsers used. Plus unlike Safari this webkit browser isn't packed with bloatware

    IE6
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    Chrome
    Lynx

    Those are what I test using generally.

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    I've always loved Google Chrome, not just for it's rendering but also for its usability and the application itself. But I agree with the OP about the caching and the changes not appearing immediately. As AlexDawson said about testing since the day it came out, the same goes for me. I test every single Web page I do in the following Web browsers:

    • Internet Explorer 6
    • Internet Explorer 7
    • Internet Explorer 8
    • Apple Safari 3 +
    • Mozilla Firefox 3x +
    • Opera 9
    • Google Chrome


    Although I don't go to any lengths to fix bugs in IE6 because I personally don't support it, as a Web user, and a a Web Designer / Developer. However, as with everyone I'm sure, if a client requested it be compatible with IE6 then I would make sure it is.

    AlexDawson, how did you get along with getting Lynx to work? I've had a look at it but I just thought...Jeez...Ya know?

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    I had no problems, I just found a win32 precompiled version and use that in CMD

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    Quote Originally Posted by rose195 View Post
    Hello........

    Though it only very recently released; chrome's user base is growing relatively rapidly. Since it released late fall of last year, almost 5% of users who visit w3c schools are using chrome to get there.
    W3C browser stats

    ...
    Safari

    and as of 2 months ago I added chrome to the list as well.
    First, browser usage figures from w3schools are VERY biased and unreliable, because techie types like us go there, not average users. Check your web stats and you will discover that the true figures are very much smaller (unless you have a techie site of course). I get about 1.5 - 2% of visitors using chrome at several sites i just checked.
    And as chrome uses the same engine as Safari, surprise surprise, it gives the same results in tests.

    Yes, I added it to my test set the day I downloaded it, some time in September last year. It's the last one I test in however.
    Last edited by Dr John; Jun 5, 2009 at 03:46.

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    Any thoughts on addressing Chrome's cache issue?

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    I've been testing on Chrome since it was released.

    It hasn't had any quirks I've had to fix yet.

    From what I understand, it's the Webkit rendering engine so it renders the same as Safari which was a relief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr John View Post
    First, browser usage figures from w3c are VERY biased and unreliable, because techie types like us go there, not average users.
    It's W3Schools, not W3C. The two have nothing to do with one another.
    But I agree with the rest: browser stats for another site are of very limited value.
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    oops it's so easy to type the same error as someone else without thinking - I've edited my silly typo now.

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    Yes I have tested in chrome too.

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    I've recently started using Opera and love how fast it is. I tried chrome but just didn't really like it as much!

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    I like how speedy Chrome is but still prefer FF and Opera for most of my needs. I have started testing my sites on Chrome though, because I'm getting quite a few visitors to my websites using Chrome, so better to have all my bases covered

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    Well, I use Chrome most of the time now so it's convenient for me to check on it. I only rely on Firefox for certain plugins that I need from time to time, and printing.

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    While I haven't been looking, I haven't seen any big issues you need to deal with. I personally will never use Chrome it looks like due to its bloatness.

    Don't think it is? Watch the task manager, Launch Chrome (31,xxxk), open a new tab. What happens? Oh another chrome.exe process launches w/ the same memory usage. No Thanks
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    I haven't checked the usage through Task Manager or anything, but I have noticed a performance drop with about 8+ tabs open...

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    Although my sites look fine in the browser, I really don't care much for Chrome.

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    I love chrome - gets all the clutter out of the way. I find it to be pretty friendly - I test for IE6, and that is where most my time goes.

    As far as the caching, I have been clearing the cache to reload swfs - but CSS updates with a refresh.
    Last edited by gregdbowen; Jun 15, 2009 at 02:45. Reason: typo

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