I was moaning about Safari recently. Specifically I was moaning about the ridiculous way that browser updates are tied to operating system updates.

But I felt bad bashing Safari. It felt like a pile-on. That’s because a lot of people have been venting their frustrations with Safari recently:

I think it’s good that people share their frustrations with browsers openly, although I agree with Baldur Bjarnason that’s good to avoid Kremlinology and the motivational fallacy when blogging about Apple.

It’s also not helpful to make claims like “Safari is the new Internet Explorer!” Unless, that is, you can back up the claim.

On a recent episode of the HTTP 203 podcast, Jake and Surma set out to test the claim that Safari is the new IE. They did it by examining Safari according to a number of different measurements and comparing it to the olden days of Internet Explorer. The result is a really fascinating trip down memory lane along with a very nuanced and even-handed critique of Safari.

And the verdict? Well, you’ll just to have to listen to the podcast episode.

If you’d rather read the transcript, tough luck. That’s a real shame because, like I said, it’s an excellent and measured assessment. I’d love to add it to the links section of my site, but I can’t do that in good conscience while it’s inaccessible to the Deaf community.

When I started the Clearleft podcast, it was a no-brainer to have transcripts of every episode. Not only does it make the content more widely available, but it also makes it easier for people to copy and paste choice quotes.

Still, I get it. A small plucky little operation like Google isn’t going to have the deep pockets of a massive corporation like Clearleft. But if Jake and Surma were to open up a tip jar, I’d throw some money in to get HTTP 203 transcribed (I recommend getting Tina Pham to do it—she’s great!).

I apologise for my note of sarcasm there. But I share because I care. It really is an excellent discussion; one that everyone should be able to access.

Update: the bug with that episode of the HTTP 203 podcast has been fixed. Here’s the transcript! And all future episodes will have transcripts too:

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# Liked by Lucid00 on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 at 10:44pm

Previously on this day

1 year ago I wrote Design Principles For The Web—the links

Hyperlinks to accompany a talk.

1 year ago I wrote Mind the gap

If you’re making a library or framework, treat it like a polyfill.

1 year ago I wrote Netlify redirects and downloads

How to use HTML’s `download` attribute even if you’re storing your files on S3.

4 years ago I wrote Material 2017

An excellent day of inspiration in Iceland.

6 years ago I wrote dConstruct 2015 podcast: John Willshire

Michael Caine in the Fortress of Solitude.

8 years ago I wrote August in America, day fourteen

San Diego, California.

12 years ago I wrote Re-finding five numbers

A more permanent home for some excellent audio.

17 years ago I wrote Fixed vs. Liquid... yet again

Quote of the day comes from Nick Finck:

17 years ago I wrote iChat Snap