Safari 5 Features Safari Reader, HTML 5, Faster Nitro Javascript Engine and Safari Extensions

Written By Sam on 8 June 2010

After the announcement about iPhone 4 at the WWDC 2010, as expected, Apple released Safari 5. Safari5 is the latest version of the world’s fastest and most innovative web browser, featuring the new Safari Reader for reading articles on the web without distraction, a 30 percent performance increase over Safari 4, and the ability to choose Google, Yahoo! or Bing as the search service powering Safari’s search field. Along with all these features Safari 5 also includes improved developer tools and supports more than a dozen new HTML5 technologies that allow web developers to create rich, dynamic websites. The other important thing to mention here is that With Safari 5, developers can now create secure Safari Extensions to customize and enhance the browsing experience. All these new features will definitely be going to give a stiff competition to other browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and Opera.

Safari 5 Features

Safari Reader: Safari Reader allows you to easily read single and multipage articles on the web by presenting them in a new, scrollable view without any additional content or clutter. With this new Safari Reader features you can click on the Reader icon in the Smart Address Field to display the entire article for clear, uninterrupted reading with options to enlarge, print or send via email.

Faster Nitro JavaScript Engine: The latest Safari 5 is powered by the Nitro JavaScript engine. Safari 5 loads new webpages faster using Domain Name System (DNS) prefetching, and also improves the caching of previously viewed pages to return to them more quickly.

Greater HTML 5 Support: Safari 5 adds many powerful HTML5 features that allow web developers to create media-rich experiences, including full screen playback and closed captions for HTML5 video. Other HTML5 features in Safari 5 include HTML5 Geolocation, HTML5 sectioning elements, HTML5 draggable attribute, HTML5 forms validation, HTML5 Ruby, HTML5 AJAX History, EventSource and WebSocket.

Bing Search: Safari 5 gives you even more search options with built-in Bing search, in addition to Google and Yahoo! Search.

Safari Extensions: The new, free Safari Developer Program allows developers to customize and enhance Safari 5 with extensions based on standard web technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Safari 5 comes with an Extension Builder which simplifies the development, installation and packaging of extensions. For enhanced security and stability, Safari Extensions are sandboxed, signed with a digital certificate from Apple and run solely in the browser.

All these new features along with a greater support for HTML 5 will definitely improve the market share of Safari 5 in the coming days. Follow TechHail to hear more about Safari 5, HTML 5 and other browsers.

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