Last weekend there was a small "hack weekend" meeting of some
NetSurf developers in Manchester. I thought it might be
encouraging to spread some information.
If you have been downloading Continuous Integration (CI) builds,
you will probably have noticed that there have been over 25 of
them in the last few days. This represents the progress that
NetSurf has been making, both in adding new functionality and
in fixing bugs.
One bug that has been reported multiple times is that NS seems
didn't loop for ever - it just took longer than most people were
prepared to wait. The culprit was a regular expression
evaluator - not where most of us would expect lots of time to
be spent. Recent versions have shown an enormous speed up in
that particular part, which translates to a large speed up in
page loads as a whole.
features that were there with the previous library have been
replicated, NetSurf version 3.4 will be released. This will also
Many other bug reports concern the layout. NetSurf's layout
engine needs to be rewritten. This work will start some time
after release of 3.4 - though how long after is not yet known.
I would urge you to download CI builds of NetSurf and try them.
Always keep a known good version that you can go back to in the
unlikely event that a new CI build fails.
And, most of all, keep the bug reports coming in! We looked at
many of them over the weekend, and were able to close quite a
lot, in most cases because more recent versions work and do not
exhibit the reported problems.
NetSurf is fully capable of creating bug reports using the Mantis
issue tracker, including attaching files and adding notes. If
you have a problem, ask on this list for help.
In short, I feel very much encouraged by recent progress, and I
hope you all do too!
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I recently discovered your browser, and think it may be a good
replacement to Mozilla Firefox since they are bloating it and running it
into the ground with DRM, uneeded features, and now blocking so-called
Overall NetSurf seems like a good replacement, but it is missing some
key features for user privacy. I will list the three most important
below for your consideration:
* Setting a Custom Useragent from Preferences
* Cookie-Controller (Allow or Block session cookies per site)
sites allowed to run JS while blacklisting all the rest)
Other things which may or may not be relevant for later consideration:
* Block DOM
* Block WebRTC
* Disable Fingerprinting
- Take some ideas from these projects where applicable:
Double clicking on an HTML icon now only loads NetSurf. A further double
click is now needed to load the HTML file. Previously, a single double
click on the file icon was all that was needed to load the file into
I have just been updating a website which I look after and I have
noticed that Netsurf appears to ignore the tag <type=a>. The effect is
to make all the ordered lists to be numbered (1,2,3...) rather than
lettered (a,b,c etc.)
It is possible I am doing something wrong, but it works in Firefox on
the PC and surprisingly with Oregano (remember that?) on the RiscPC.
Geoff. Baxendale, Darwen, Lancashire.
Using Acorn StrongARM Kinetic RiscPC.
Oxymoron of the day: "Pretty Ugly"
If any of you has seen NetSurf quit (the log shows a segfault)
when you clicked in the window, I'd recommend that you get one
of today's builds. (Last time I looked, the latest was 3053.)
If you're interested, Mantis issue 2381 has more details.
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