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Apple Posts Major Update to Safari

Published March 18th, 2008

Apple - Support - Downloads - Safari 3.1

This update brings in all the latest standards implementations and innovations in the open-source WebKit project, plus a few interface enhancements as well. The Windows version gets some important updates too. From Apple’s tech document on Safari 3.1:


  • Improves JavaScript performance


  • Adds support for CSS 3 web fonts
  • Adds support for CSS transforms and transitions
  • Adds support for HTML 5 <video> and <audio> elements
  • Adds support for offline storage for Web applications in SQL databases
  • Adds support for SVG images in <img> elements and CSS images
  • Adds support for SVG advanced text 


  • Adds option in Safari preferences to turn on the new Develop menu which contains various web development features
  • Allows access to Web Inspector
  • Allows access to Network Timeline
  • Allows editing CSS in the Web Inspector 
  • Allows custom user agent string
  • Improves snippet editor


  • Double clicking on the Tab Bar opens new tab
  • Includes URL metadata when images are dragged or saved from browser
  • Opens Download and Activity window in current Space
  • Supports trackpad gestures for back, forward, and magnify on MacBook Air and compatible MacBook Pro computers
  • Shows Caps Lock icon in password fields
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