Mac OS X Leopard’s new Safari 3.0

“Apple has made significant changes to Safari in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, introducing integration with Dashboard, smart drag and drop of tabbed windows, full text searching of your web history, and more,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.

McLean covers:
• Safari’s Origins
• Inspired by HyperCard
• Weaving the Web
• Viola: HyperCard for X Window
• NCSA Mosaic
• Netscape Navigator
• Microsoft Discovers the Internet
• Netscape Crashes
• Apple’s CyberDog
• Netscape’s Mozilla Burns to the Ground
• Firefox Rises from the Ashes of Netscape
• Mozilla Pattered After Apache
• Apple Launches Safari
• Safari 3.0 on Leopard

McLean takes a look at the birth and maturity of the online web browser, as well as a look at what’s new in Safari 3.0, in the full article here.


  1. One bit of critical trivia that AppleInsider left out of their article is that Apple’s HyperTalk scripting language actually inspired Netscape’s ‘Mocha’ scripting language, later called the ‘LiveScript’. In 1995 some marketing morons at both Netscape and Sun changed the name to ‘JavaScript’ as part of a cooperation deal, despite the fact that JavaScript is entirely unrelated to the Java programming language. We have all been suffering from inflicted confusion ever since. Sun Microsystems actually own the ‘JavaScript’ trademark.

    I think it would also have been helpful in the article to note the existence of the web scripting contamination known as ‘JScript’, perpetrated by Microsoft in 1996 as a method for making the web proprietary, requiring their half-baked browser Internet Explorer. Anyone who has ever visited a web page munged in Microsoft’s FrontPage application knows the catastrophic results. This scripting mess was eventually combined with actual JavaScript to create what is now properly called ECMAScript, considered to be the current standard.

    It is also important to know that web scripting is now considered to be a security vulnerability thanks to the fact that user security was never adequately considered when the resulting ECMAScript language was created.

  2. OmniWeb is actually the best web browser for Mac. I pay for it, I love the thing. It uses WebCore/WebKit, just like Safari, but has a zillion bells and whistles that make it infinitely more fun and capable. It is what I use every day.

    But I use most of the other browsers as well. I use FireFox as a simple way to grab .FLV movies off sites thanks to its ability to use extensions. Safari is fine in a pinch for most stuff. Camino is my favorite rendition of Mozilla. I still have iCab kicking around for times when bizarro scripting on some web page has mucked up other browsers. I never bothered with Opera. Flock is a mere curiosity. Ye olde Microsoft Internet Explorer v5.2.3 is an embarrassment these days, but it does render well some especially poorly made FrontPage sites. There are at least two other minimalist browsers for Mac, and that’s nice. I hope someone likes them.

  3. Firefox is better than safari.
    Firefox has real ad blocking through extensions(not just popups)-safari does not do real ad blocking, cookie control is better in firefox(accepting only the cookies I want)-safari is all or nothing, firefox is faster than safari(yes, even the beta 3).

    Anyone calling firefox clunky or claiming safari is faster has never actually used firefox.

  4. Safari 3 (3.0.3. actually) already makes some of “Leopard’s” features available. Some PC guy commented that some of Leopard’s 300 are merely warmed-over features already available on Tiger – like the ability to grab a Google-map from your Address Book with a command-click (RMB). I didn’t argue, it looked true to me. Then I tried it on a system with Safari 2 – “warmed over” indeed! OK, it’s just a huge expansion on an existing theme … but “warmed over” is a rather tepid comment for it.
    Does it work this way for Windows? Or is it a feature of the Address Book?
    DLMeyer – the Voice of G.L.Horton’s Stage Page Pod-Cast

  5. I had to uninstall Safari 3 beta from the MacBook because it was screwing up the scrolling on Yahoo Messenger (I only use IM on there, not the iMac); Messenger has a new beta out so I wonder if that solved the problem…

  6. Come on, don’t say “no one who says Firefox is slow and clunky has never used it.” I’ve certainly used it, and that’s how I know that you can’t select a word and look up in Dictionary, you can’t select Window menu > Merge All Windows, the buttons look out of place, and I HAVE found it to be slower than Safari 3, quite significantly. And with Leopard, it’ll have WebClip as well. I prefer it.

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