I may have sent messages in
the past in which I expressed a much stronger liking for
Firefox than Chrome. At this point, I've changed my mind
and, unless things change over time, as they may as
Firefox continues to implement its new internal technical
changes, I consider Chrome to be superior for general
browsing. I haven't tested it for uses such as streaming
or RSS or other uses. I will therefore only address
general browsing and the interface. Others may want to
comment on other aspects I haven't compared.
This is a long message, a bit
of a review and a bit of discussion of the interface. I
hope those interested in the subject find it useful.
If you try Chrome and find it
superior for general browsing, you may still not want to
use Chrome as your main browser. There are various
considerations. I'll explain why I changed my mind and
what you may want to consider. You may have other or
different considerations as well.
The reason I say Chrome is
better for general browsing is because it loads pages
faster than Firefox. You may want to compare and see if
the difference is important to you. There is a very
noticeable difference. I hadn't compared Chrome with
Firefox for speed on a fast machine. I compared them on a
slow machine running XP perhaps six or eight months ago.
I had expected that, if Chrome was faster, there would
have been a noticeable difference, even though the machine
was slow. But there wasn't a difference that amounted to
I recently decided to compare
on a reasonably fast machine running Windows 7 since many
people have said on lists I'm on that Chrome is faster.
There is a very noticeable difference in speed on my
Windows 7 machine. I don't know what the results would
have been on a fast XP machine.
I haven't used Chrome much
but the increase in speed is the reason I say it's better
for general browsing.
The Chrome interface is
different than Firefox or Internet Explorer. It isn't
difficult to learn but it is different. You will likely
want a tutorial or some instructional material. If you
are good at learning by exploring, you may not want or
need such material, at least not to use in depth, but you
may benefit in early learning by using material.
The main things to know in
terms of the differences in the interface are that Chrome
shows many things as web pages, such as settings and
history and there is one menu, which you can open with alt
f, that is, hold alt and press f. Of course, there are
submenus and there are also items that open like web pages
such as settings.
I don't recall if there are
classic dialogs that open from the main menu.
But if you work with
settings, you need to know that the settings interface
doesn't work quite properly in the following way:
It's a web page-like
interface but there some controls that don't work as they
should. I tried to activate two buttons today and I
couldn't do so in browse mode using NVDA. I don't know
what JAWS does. I had to manually go into forms mode, and
activate the buttons. I may have had to tab to the button
because forms mode may not have been properly calibrated
with browse mode in that interface, at least at times.
I seem to recall that in
another instance, I needed to be in browse mode to
activate something but I'd have to experiment more to know
if that is the case since I don't have a clear memory of
whether that was necessary.
There's a very useful
settings search feature in settings.
One of my main objections to
Chrome in the past was that the book marks interface is
not nearly as comvenient to work with as Firefox because
the search feature in Chrome book marks appears to be
inaccessible. I very recently learned from someone on a
list I follow that this problem can be more or less
eliminated. I say more or less because I haven't played
with it much, but enough to see that it works well or
reasonably well. I'm hedging because I'd want to play
with it more before saying just how well it works. It'
appears to work well from the very little testing I've
done. If you are in the address bar, you can type some or
all of what you want to find such as york times or new
york times and you can up and down arrow through results.
Some of them will be search results using a search engine
but the top results in the list should be from book marks
and history. Try reading the current line after typing to
see if that contains the first result. I haven't played
with the feature more than a little and I'm not sure. But
if it works well, this would eliminate what I consider to
be an important deficiency. In other words, this feature
may make book marks just as easy to use in Chrome as in
If you use Firefox extensions
that you consider important and use them a lot, that may
be a consideration in which browser you want to use. and
then, there's just convenience of not learning a new
interface and continuing to use the familiar Firefox.
You, of course, can determine questions like that. It's
nice to have pages load a good deal faster, but the
importance of speed may vary from user to user. But if
you haven't compared with a hands on test, you may wish
Browsing is either identical
or nearly identical between the browsers because they both
use browse mode, or the Virtual PC cursor, which is the
JAWS name for the same thing.
So you can compare by
installing Chrome, and then opening and using some web
sites. Control l moves you to the address bar, just as
in Firefox. I believe when you open Chrome, you are
automatically placed on the address bar, but you can
check. If you want to make sure, it takes almost no time
to execute control l.
I hope those who are
interested in this subject find these comments useful. If
people are curious or dissatisfied with Firefox or another
browser, they may want to try Chrome. I haven't used Edge
at all so I don't know how Edge compares.