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Google Chrome: First Bug


I like to be an early adopter of new technologies, so when Google Chrome came out, naturally I downloaded it.  There are many features I liked, including the quickness of loading and the ability to turn my Gmail into an application.  However, there are still some problems that need to be ironed out, and until they do, I will not be using this browser for anything at all, save development (yeah, thanks for another browser to check. Ugh).

First of all, Google Chrome isn’t actually a new rendering browser; it’s essentially Apple Safari re-branded. So if your pages work in Safari, typically they’ll work in Chrome. But I don’t use Safari, and now I know that if ever given the chance I wouldn’t. The way it handles things is so dumb compared to IE7. For instance, if I want to add a link in Gmail using IE7, I highlight the text I want to link, click the link button, enter my link, and hit enter, and the highlighted text is now a link.  In Chrome, I follow the same steps, except when I’m done, there’s an additional space after the word. At this point, you’re thinking, you nitpicky a-hole, but the problem with this is, let’s say I want to put a comma next to the linked text. If I try to do that (which I do whenever I process an order), Chrome assumes the comma is part of the link, and then any text following the comma that I type becomes the link. Now if I only linked to things in emails every once in a while, I could live with it, but this is something I do 20-30 times a day. It gets annoying.

There are a plethora of other weird (and admittedly nitpicky) differences. For instance, when holding Ctl and pressing an arrow key to highlight a word, it selects the word and the preceding space. Or when copying and pasting something with formatting, some of the formatting is stripped, some is kept, with no rhyme or reason as to what. Also try pasting anything copied from Excel. Gross.

While yes, these annoyances are small, remember that if I’m going to start using a new browser over one that I’m already comfortable with, it has to provide me with features the incumbent does not without pushing me out of my comfort zone. Even still, due to sheer geekdom and willingness to be on the “cutting edge”, I endured these minor hardships.

Until I started receiving reply emails from people wondering who the hell I was.

I have several email addresses that forward to my main (hub) Gmail account, and I have them set up as “Accounts” within Gmail so that I may send as that email address. I use this feature very frequently, as I like to keep certain emails separate during certain parts of the order lifecycle (ordering, processing, shipping, support, etc). However, I also run several other websites on which I have email accounts that I run into my Gmail account. In IE7, I choose which address I want to send out as and it works, no problem. In Chrome, I pick the one I want to send as, and it picks whichever one it wants, often resulting in a very incorrect FROM address.  Unfortunately, this is a dealbreaker.

So until Google Chrome undergoes some signficant changes (the last one being the most important), I will not be using this browser outside of the development arena (again, thanks for giving me another browser to check, Google).

Has anyone else experienced any other bugs in Chrome? Maybe in certain apps/sites?

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September 10, 2008 - Posted by | Bugs, Google Chrome, IE7

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