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Wow! This IS fast!
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 05, '02 08:53:08PM

I just downloaded 0.1.3 (which says 0.1 in the about box strangely..) and it is quite fast. This is definately going to be my browser of choice for reading Slashdot from now on ;-) The GUI for form elements annoys me a bit (Windows look-alike instead of Aqua), the this is quibbling ("The Interface Nazi")<p>

I haven't look into how the Gecko engine works and what makes it so fast, but I wonder if it could be made even faster still? The back button is slow (ALL web back buttons are slow). Pages that have already been loaded should be cached in memory first, then out to disk, and render specific information should be stored along with them so that they don't have to be completely re-rendered on screen unless the user had resized the window. Again, I haven't look into how Gecko works, or any other HTML-rendering engine either, so this may be already done. But when I hit back, I want the page to appear after <b>at most</b> one and a half seconds. Chimera has it at about 4.<p>

As the article says, there is a lot of interface work to be done, especially with forms (I've just looked at this site and Slashdot). Textboxes seem to work in 0.1.3, but form-menus don't. And when you click on a text box, the insertion point doesn't appear until you type something. This may be because Gecko is rendering all the elements directly (but oddly, the scroll bars are standard Aqua ones - can anyone who's looked at the code comment?), instead of wrapping them in native GUI calls (I always thought that was annoying about Mozilla). And the word-wrapping in text-boxes doesn't seem to work quite right, cutting off ends of words sometimes. Having cursor-position focus for page/text box scroll wheel support would be nice too (now you have to click to set the focus)



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