Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Feature: Just Browsing

Browsers—Love or Hate Them

I have been feeling very frustrated with the browser that I thought I would never leave! It has been slow and freezes up for no apparent reason. So my solution was to update to the latest, greatest, newest version. But of course that can cause other issues.  So, I have been asking around—what browser do you typically use and like? The one I thought I “loved” is not getting rave reviews from my colleagues. Why? It’s because it doesn’t, or isn’t, using the HTML 5 standards for web browsers. Why should I care about HTML5 Standards? What the heck is HTML5?

HTML5 is the future of web browsing. It is build on the following principles:
  • Less dependence on plugins for functionality.
  • Scripting should be replaced with markup whenever possible.
  • Device independence (i.e., available on all devices and providing the same end experience).
  • Public development process so people can see what’s going on.

As a web user, you will benefit from HTML5 because it fixes the most glaring problems in HTML4. Web sites will have better web standards, which will result in more efficient content and improved performance. As HTML5 is adopted across the board, web pages should start to load faster, less bandwidth should be used, and battery life on mobile devices ought to last longer. Plus, you won’t have to keep so many plugins like Flash and Java updated.
If you want to see more about HTML5, go to this website:

So, why did I bring this up at all? Some things have not, or appear to not be working when I use my current browser (Firefox).  

AEA PD Online is now recommending that you may want to use a browser other than Firefox for the online courses or trainings you are taking. Switch to Google Chrome or use Safari (there is Safari for Windows) and you will probably have a much better experience.

Other Sites to check out:

Check your Internet browsing speed:
Try it with all the browsers on your desktop and compare.

How well does your browser support html5? Use this test to find out:

Peacekeeper is a free and fast browser test that measures a browser's speed. (takes about 5 minutes but is fun to do).

Peggy Steinbronn, Ed.D.
AEA PD Online Instructional Designer

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