Zillow real estate listings site now compatible with Apple’s Safari browser

“We’ve been working long and hard to get our web application compatible with the Safari browser, so we’re pleased to announce that Safari users can finally use Zillow by downloading the beta of Safari 3.0,; David Golightly, UX Developer reports via Zillow Blog. “Sorry for the delay!”

“A lot of users have asked us why it’s taken us so long. That’s a good question, and I can assure you that it’s not without good reason. Zillow is interested in developing innovative techniques for organizing and presenting a huge volume of information, and in doing, so we’re pushing browsers to their limits. When Zillow was originally launched, back in February 2006, we were using technologies offered by Internet Explorer and Firefox, but Safari had not yet developed those capabilities (specifically, XSLT support in Javascript),” Golightly reports.

“To get Zillow running on Safari on your Mac (and now Windows!) users can upgrade their Safari browser to version 3 (beta), which supports the Zillow site. The official launch of Safari 3.0 should roll out by October, for those of you who are willing to wait,” Golightly reports. “Thanks for your patience!”

Zillow.com is here.

Safari 3.0.2 Public Beta for Mac and Windows download link here.

36 Comments

  1. @Jeff

    “‘ We’ve been working long and hard to get our web application compatible with the Safari browser …’ “

    “What is so difficult to comply to the W3C standard, is it because your website is crippled with IE6 codes?”

    They mention JavaScript issues. There are no real standards for those – apart from ECMAScript. Safari hasn’t had very full JS support in the past, although they’ve worked very hard to add it, and Safari 3 has a lot more. They also mention XSLT, so they were really pushing the envelope here.

    It’s not the developers coding to IE6’s peculiarities, since the site apparently worked fine with Mozilla browsers. And, since we know, anyway, what the problem was — that Safari lacked full support for the languages they were using.

    There are incompetent developers out there, but that’s not the only reason for a site failing to work with an (older) version of Safari. In this case we *know* it’s that Safari 2 was not up to snuff, as they explained.

    Even in cases where we don’t know, I’d be inclined to give a website the benefit of the doubt. Safari 3 is capable of dealing with rich-text functionality in GMail’s web interface, but even version 3 can’t deal with the chat functionality, which, I’d guess, is again down to Safari’s lagging a little on JavaScript/AJAX stuff. Google of all people is hardly coding to IE6. Google has good relations with Apple (c.f. Eric Schmidt, c.f Google maps app on iPhone, etc., etc. …)

    Google is doing the best job it can with the tools available. So are many others.

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