Favoring Firefox

Mozilla’s Firefox Browser is this site’s Preferred Web Browser

For a while Google’s Chrome browser had seemed to be the web browser of choice, based primarily on its various ease of use features, some provided however by extension components. Recently however, Google Chrome’s negatives have become more apparent, and more annoying, removing it from its once favorable status. The result is that Mozilla’s Firefox browser has returned as the web browser of choice for now.

There were two very important and quite practical reasons for returning Firefox to its primary browser status. The first is the fact that Google’s Chrome just uses way, way, way, too much memory. The second are various annoying CSS related display problems in Google Chrome’s algorithms that have become apparent while building this web site, www.marilynperry.com.

First of all, there just isn’t any justification for a web browser gobbling up an entire gigabyte of memory just to open it and display an empty browser window. However, Google’s Chrome does precisely that. Until I can acquire a new computer, likely an Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch, with 16GB of RAM, dual booting Mac OS X and Windows 7, any application that gobbles up 1GB of memory just to open it, has crossed the line of reasonability regarding its hogging of memory. In fact, as a seasoned software scientist, I have to believe that such enormous memory usage is the product of lazy, if not inept, programming practices that are simply wasting memory, when better designed data structures could be using less memory more efficiently. Unfortunately, memory gobbling software applications like Google’s Chrome are clear evidence of a shift in software development paradigms wherein traditional values of memory and processor efficiency have been discarded in favor of features at any cost, regardless of performance sacrifices.

The second primary browser preference change factor has been very strange problems with the way Google Chrome displays certain HTML elements when combined with various CSS annotations of them. Google Chrome is giving zero (0) height elements height, in the case of these specific problems, lots of height, when it should not be doing so. In the www.marilynperry.com web site, this problem causes the article headings to have huge vertical spaces between the heading and the article contents, which should not be there (see example image at left). Firefox however, displays the same HTML/CSS code correctly, and as expected. Kudos to the developers around the world contributing to the Firefox browser’s code, for getting such HTML/CSS display and formatting details right.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer hasn’t even been on the web browser landscape for years. After noticing the display problems with Google’s Chrome, a quick trial of Internet Explorer revealed that Microsoft's horrible web browser has even more severe display problems than those apparent when using Google’s Chrome to browse www.marilynperry.com. Consequently Microsoft's browser hasn’t been a consideration for years, and probably won’t be in the future either, and for far more reasons than just its failure to display www.marilynperry.com correctly.

Given all the foregoing, Mozilla’s Firefox is once again the premium and primary web browser of choice. Mozilla Firefox is the preferred web browser to use when viewing this web site. The other available web browsers just don’t do the job well enough, or even correctly. In other words, to have the best web browser experience on www.marilynperry.com, use the Mozilla Firefox web browser.

Marilyn Perry

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