You’re reading all articles tagged 'cairo'

Cairo beats Safari?

10 Dec 2006

As highlighted recently by Jeffrey Zeldman, Firefox text rendering lags behind that of Safari, or rather Gecko lags behind WebKit. This is because at present, Gecko browsers use the older Quickdraw graphics library, originally developed for OS 9, rather than Quartz, or the more recent Core Image libraries. Its been the main reason I prefer Omniweb or Safari over Camino/Firefox, text just looks SO much crisper and smoother.

Things are about to change however, as the switch to the Cairo graphics library in Gecko browsers will allow them to use Core Image on the OS X platform. There is already a developer release of Firefox 3.0, codenamed Gran Paradiso with Cairo enabled. You can also grab a latest trunk build of Camino, which also uses Cairo.

The improvements are already easy to see. My personal rendering bugbear has been the sub navigation on Amazon, which always renders roughly, particularly in Gecko. Compare these screenshots:

Comparison screenshots of Amazon navigation in Camino 1 Safari 2 and Camino 1.2+

Not only is Gecko with Cairo improved, it actually looks better than WebKit!. Looking at the example that Zeldman used, italics are MUCH improved also:

Zeldman.com in Camino 1.2+

It’s early days so there will be plenty of bugs, especially as the Mac platform is behind Windows and Linux, who’ve had Cairo enabled for about 6 months now. Testers are needed for OS X, so if you can lend hand, so please do grab a build and get reporting those bugs.


Instagram Hickstagram

  • 08 Dec 2018

    More Red-crested Pochard

  • 08 Dec 2018

    Wigeon + Red Crested Pochard

  • 05 Dec 2018

    A small glimmer of light on a very dark day.

  • 29 Nov 2018

    View from the office. To the left, and to the right…

  • 25 Nov 2018

    Gorgeous pre-gig food at Turtle Bay

  • 25 Nov 2018

    Lego Noddy Holder!

  • 18 Nov 2018

  • 18 Nov 2018

  • 11 Nov 2018

    It’s got to the PowerPoint presentation part of Gruff Rhys’ set.

  • 11 Nov 2018

Contact us

Call Jon on +44 (0)7917 391536, email or tweet @hicksdesign.

Alternatively, pop in for tea and cake at the studio…

Hicks
Wenrisc House
Meadow Court
Witney, OX28 6ER
United Kingdom