Cross-Browser Gradient Backgrounds

One of the great new features coming with CSS3 is the ability to use native gradient backgrounds. In addition to saving server resources (no need to call an external image), the gradients tend to be more vibrant and faithful to the original colors than any external images.

So far, none of the modern browsers have agreed on which method to use to implement the gradients, so you will need to utilize a few different methods in order to get it to work in multiple browsers.

Download and Test ChromeOS

The other day, I noticed someone on Friendfeed posted a link to a live USB image of Google’s ChromeOS. I was a bit skeptical at first, as we’ve seen many fake builds of ChromeOS over the last year or so. However, after doing a bit of research, it appears that this is the real thing.

Quickbooks Online Available to the Masses

Quickbooks Online - IE6 Warning MessageUp until a few months ago, the only way to use the Quickbooks Online interface was to do so through Internet Explorer. The interface did not work at all for people using browsers other than IE, which meant that it was wholly unavailable to Linux users and Mac users (I have no idea whether it worked on Mac’s version of IE or not, but I’m fairly certain it didn’t).

Then, in October, the application was updated to begin working with Firefox on Windows and Safari on Mac. This was a step in the right direction, but still didn’t make the interface available to Linux users.

Chrome Adds More CSS3 Support

I’m not sure when this was implemented, and I don’t know what else was implemented at the same time, but I noticed the other day that Chrome now supports the standard border-radius CSS3 property, rather than requiring the -webkit- prefix.

If you’re using Chrome (or the new IE9 platform preview), this text should be inside of a box with a black, rounded border.

Has this also been implemented in the new versions of Safari? Any ideas what other CSS3 properties might have been added with the latest updates to Chrome?

Chrome Improves Auto-Complete

A few days ago, I opened Chrome on my Vista 64-bit computer and noticed something different when I went to fill in a form. The auto-complete feature was different than it had been in the past; different than any other browser I’ve used. Now, the auto-complete (or auto-suggest, I guess, is more appropriate) feature on Web forms is now more inline with the way the browser address/search bar works in Chrome.

When you begin typing, instead of simply loading a list of suggestions, it automatically selects the most appropriate item from the list of suggestions. Therefore, if the selected suggestion is correct, you can simply hit the tab key to move onto the next form field. No longer do you have to choose an option using the mouse pointer or the cursor keys, it automatically chooses one for you.

Today, I updated Chrome on my Linux Mint installation, as well, and noticed that the feature has been implemented there, too. Therefore, this feature is definitely available in the latest “unstable” (or “developer’s”) versions of Chrome for Ubuntu and Windows, at least. Is anyone else seeing this in their versions of Chrome? Any idea when this feature was added? I don’t see it in any of the official release notes from Google.

Feedly Kicks Google Reader’s Butt

First of all, I must admit that I’ve never been a big user of Google Reader. However, the other day, I discovered feedly when they released their plugin for Google Chrome. Feedly is a really nice feed reader, but it’s more than that. For one, feedly is actually integrated with Google Reader, so that any new subscriptions you add in Reader are automatically pulled into feedly and vice versa. Therefore, for everyone that’s actively using Reader, you can easily try out feedly without having to migrate anything over.