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Old 02-08-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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Hi, I have been using Firefox for years. I heard the news about google only supporting mozilla for another 3 years, so i wondered if most bioinformatic tools that rely on firefox would still work or run into compatibility issues?
Anybody who has experience with this ?
Thanks for your thoughts!
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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the only online tool i rely on is the ucsc browser and it works under Chrome.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:54 AM   #3
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I use chrome almost exclusively and rarely have a problem.

Truth is if there is an incompatibility you have to do the unspeakable and use Explorer.
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:13 AM   #4
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There are massive incompatibilities between the various browsers. See charts here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compari...es_%28HTML5%29

for HTML5 examples. or here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5_video

for Web video support comparisons.

That said, there's a reasonable subset of compatibility and many differences can be reconciled using a javascript libraries (for example jquery ).

Every vendor would like to embrace and extend a standard and have developers only support their version (and hence become a monopoly supplier). Good developers have been reluctant to commit to vendor specific enhancements and generally target multi-browser support.

There's a good likelihood that this situation will remain for quite a while in the browser market.

That said, there's a strong movement for vendor specific apps tied to the web: Apple's "apps" and Google Android "apps". Some users and proprietary content providers seem to embrace such a situation; but many developers and users wary of getting "locked down" are cautious. The decades of Microsoft's hegemony over the computer market remains cautionary. The only way to support both Android and iPhone platforms, right now, is via html5 based browser support.

bottom line is ....
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Mult-browser support and functional compatibility looks solid for next few years.

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Old 02-08-2012, 12:28 PM   #5
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Hi, I have been using Firefox for years. I heard the news about google only supporting mozilla for another 3 years, so i wondered if most bioinformatic tools that rely on firefox would still work or run into compatibility issues?
Anybody who has experience with this ?
Thanks for your thoughts!
Please outline some tools that 'rely' on Firefox.
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