I have been trying to confirm whether my impressions that Firefox 2.0 and Opera 9 are clearly superior to to IE7 are supported both in the IT Press and the blogosphere. I have had mixed results. Ask and Google searches on the topic bring up mixed results at best:
1)Surprisingly there are very few real definitive reviews from the IT trade press. Feature set walkthroughs, early RC-Release Candidate impressions, talking mouth “feelings” – too many. But actual benchmarks against clearly defined measures of what makes a good browser – very few. Comparative benchmarks closely match features and functionality with easy tabular layout plus real speed of performance benchmarks for various page types: static, database dynamic, AJAX powered – all of which can be done in closed localhost test environ – NADA.
3)So if the IT trade press is remiss – what would the blogosphere have to say. Well of course that means wading and sifting through literally hundreds of pages of Google and Ask pages (even those more-of-the-samed) trying to isolate “Whats up in the blogosphere”. But I have found the blog-watchers Technorati, Digg, Tailrank and others to be more helpful. Unfortunately only one, Tailrank has the direct orientation I am looking for. Unfortunately Tailrank does not appear to have the depth and breadth one would want at this time – but they certainly dont lack the ambition.
So the follow up on this post, will start to summarize the useful (and sometimes embarrassing to me and my assumptions) findings. As always – keep an open eye.