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Safari browser updated to version 5

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About half an hour ago, Apple posted for free download a new version of its browser, Safari 5.
Safari browser updated to version 5
The list of changes can be briefly described in three paragraphs :

  • Safari Reader- special interface for reading articles (and texts in general)
  • Safari Extensions, long awaited extensions support (pretty specific though)
  • Improved HTML5Support

Safari Reader

Safari Reader is a new browser interface element that makes it easier to read long articles. With special algorithms Safari can guess if there’s an article on the page and show it to you, if you want, in a UI that doesn’t contain any elements. It looks something like this :
Safari browser updated to version 5

Note the "Reader" button in the address bar
A typical news site like Lenta.ru gives exceptionally little space directly to the article. Habrahabr, shown in the example (recursion rules!) doesn’t look like a well-composed magazine either.
By clicking on the "Reader" button, the article is presented to us in a completely different way :
Safari browser updated to version 5

What Reader Can Do:

  • Defines articles almost everywhere. I couldn’t find a site where it failed.
  • Automatically loads and displays the following pages if the article is split into individual pages
  • Able to print an article (no need for a separate "print version" on websites anymore)
  • Can remember text size settings for each site

Safari Extensions

A much more interesting, but also much more ambiguous innovation – support for extensions, which Safari sorely lacked.
Not everything is clear about them yet, but some things are:

  • Extensions are based on HTML5, JS and CSS scripts
  • Extensions are run in a sandbox
  • An extension can have buttons in the toolbar, its own bar, and items in the context menu
  • For extensions has its own JS API, which allows to access browser windows and tabs
  • Of course this extension can use all sorts of modern features like Local Storage, Geolocation, etc.
  • Extensions are developed directly in Safari 5 with Web Inspector
  • In Safari 5 there’s a built-in tool to make extension development easier: you can drop in extension settings, toolbar elements, custom bar, context menu
  • Safari 5 development requires development account (but it’s free)
  • Extensions catalog will open later this summer

Full information is available now at developer.apple.com After a simple registration.
Overall, the API looks very simple, the documentation describes parallels with a similar API from Chrome, and parallels with Greasemonkey.


Also, quite logically, Safari 5 supports HTML5 much more densely, namely :

Resource html5test.com gives Safari 5 136 points. The latest Chromium gets 135 there.

Other innovations

In addition to the big features described above, there are also small but remote :

  • Address bar improved : adaptive search, search page content in history, display page title right there
  • hooray! Progress of page loading returned to the address bar as a progress bar
  • Greatly improved performance of JS-engine and the program as a whole
  • DNS Prefetching appeared and caching system is supposedly improved. We’ll have to see, but if the caching improvements are right it’s very nice
  • New stuff in the Web Inspector, particularly the new Timeline, which shows everything in general. Very cool for debugging complex JS applications. See screenshot : Safari browser updated to version 5
  • As suggested in the comments – Safari 5 humanly works with domains in languages other than English, i.e. sex.rf remains sex.rf and in the address bar.


Lately it has seemed to me that Safari, having gotten off to an ambitious start, is very much stuck in the past. And not that the release of Safari 5 has given much optimism, but it seems to me that the way I’ve chosen to work with extensions and aim for HTML5 coupled with its marketing promotion is very correct (as far as it can be appreciated now).
Safari 5 is the fastest, most user-friendly browser, the capabilities of which will very quickly increase very much due to the immense community of developers that Apple is known for. And since the development of extensions, the development of beautiful and complete web interfaces, and the active use of the latest features like geolocation are positioned as the third pillar in addition to iPhone development and Mac development, I’m sure – in two or three months the catalog of extensions for Safari will be at least as good as what we have now for Chrome; and the web as such will finally make a serious leap forward and finally bury desktop applications in the mass market.

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