Written: June 26, 2011

New Browser Versions: Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 5

For the past week I’ve been using the latest browsers from Microsoft (Internet Explorer 9) and Mozilla (Firefox 5). They both installed easily and rendered web pages without much new surprise. On one of my client sites all of the text disappeared in IE 9, so a quick Google search uncovered that using Cufon fonts with IE 9 required an upgraded Javscript file to be compliant.

Firefox 5 ie 9

My Recommendation

If you love Microsoft then go ahead and upgrade to IE 9. Microsoft is the safe choice with some 54% of all browsers in use today, per NETMARKETSHARE. Firefox works well and is gaining market share against IE.

As a web developer I only use IE as a final browser check for compatibility reasons, and don’t develop with it. My daily favorite browser is Google Chrome because it consumes less memory, renders fast, and has a productive Inspect Element capability I use for debugging CSS.

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Secure Page Calling an Non-secure Form on Firefox

I have a client called YumFinder that has a secure shopping cart page that needed to call a non-secure form to continue shopping. My first approach was to include a link to the non-secure page (http):

Continue Shopping

With a browser like Internet Explorer 8.0 this works OK however with FireFox (Safari, Opera, Chrome) there is a warning dialog that pops up telling you that the form you are calling is not secure (http) while you are on a secure page (https).

I came up with a fix to avoid these security warnings. On the secure page I use a link to a PHP script which is also considered a secure page (https):

Continue Shopping

Then in the PHP script I redirect to my non-secure page:


header(‘Location: http://www.yumfinder.com/continue_shopping.html’);
?>

The non-secure page (http) can now do it’s work:

I can understand why Firefox and other browsers get concerned about navigating from an https to an http page. Now I know how to keep my visitors from seeing un-needed security messages.

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