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Web Browser Grand Prix: Chrome 20, Opera 12, Firefox 13
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Finishes

Each category of testing has four columns: Winner, Strong, Average, and Weak. The Winner is obviously the browser that achieves the highest scores in that category. The Strong column is for browsers exhibiting superior performance, but not achieving a first-place victory. Average is for browsers that perform adequately or in-line with a majority of their competitors. A Weak finish is assigned to browsers that perform poorly, or substantially lower than their competitors.

Brackets

In order to reflect how each category of testing affects the average end-user Web browsing experience, we need to create brackets (or levels of importance) to place the different categories of testing into.

Essential
CSS, DOM, JavaScript, Reliability, Standards Conformance
Important
Flash, HTML5, Memory Efficiency, Page Load Time, Responsiveness, Security, Startup Time
Nonessential
Java, Silverlight
Unimportant
HTML5 Hardware Acceleration, WebGL


The Essential bracket contains those categories of testing that are indispensable to rendering the vast majority of Web pages online today. The Important bracket is for categories not quite essential to browsing the Web, yet still affect the user experience to a great degree. The Nonessential bracket contains the popular plug-ins Java and Silverlight. While these plug-in technologies are nowhere near as ubiquitous as Flash, certain applications like corporate intranet apps and Netflix simply will not work without them. Finally, the Unimportant bracket is for emerging technologies, such as HTML5 Hardware Acceleration and WebGL, which still don't really exist outside of testing/demo sites.

Points

Now that the brackets are all sorted out, we can apply a numerical point system to the finishes of each bracket.


Winner
Strong
Average
Weak
Essential
2.5
2
1.5
-2
Important
2
1.5
1
-1.5
Nonessential
1.5
1
0.5
-1
Unimportant
1
0.5
0
-0.5


As you can see, we decided to apply negative point values to the Weak finishes and start the Average performances at zero for the Unimportant bracket. The Winner has also been de-emphasized over Strong finishes, with just a small tie-breaking bonus going to Winner.

Analysis Table


Winner
Strong
Average
Weak
Essential
CSS
Safari
Chrome
Internet Explorer, Opera
Firefox
DOM
Safari
Chrome, Internet Explorer
Firefox, Opera

JavaScript
Chrome
Firefox
Opera
Internet Explorer, Safari
Reliability
Opera

Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
Chrome
Standards Conformance
Chrome
Firefox, Opera

Internet Explorer, Safari
Important
Flash
Safari
Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera
Chrome

HTML5
Internet Explorer
Firefox, Chrome
Opera, Safari

Memory Efficiency
Chrome
Internet Explorer, Firefox

Opera, Safari
Page Load Time
Internet Explorer
Chrome, Firefox, Safari
Opera
Responsiveness
Opera
Firefox
Chrome, Safari
Internet Explorer
Security
Chrome

Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
Opera
Startup Time
Opera
Chrome, Firefox
Internet Explorer
Safari
Nonessential
Java
Opera
Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer
Safari
Silverlight
Opera
Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari


Unimportant
HTML5 Hardware Acceleration
Internet Explorer
Firefox
Chrome
Opera, Safari
WebGL
Firefox
Chrome

Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari


And the winner is...

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