Cupertino (CA) - A new version of the Safari web browser for MacOS X and Windows platforms made its debut today. Following right after the first beta release of IE8 and a critical beta release of Firefox 3, Apple says Safari 3.1 is faster than its competition and is the first browser to add support for HTML 5 audio and video tags.
Safari 3.1 is also the first (final version of a) browser to offer some functionality of HTML 5, such as audio and video tags (, ), which define the integration multimedia content into webpages, including audio and video streams.
Apple has added a few more new features such as support for CSS3 web fonts to provide access to a greater font variety, CSS animation (which enables web developers to scale, rotate, fade and skew elements of web pages), HTML5 offline storage support (allowing web developers to store certain information on client PC to accelerate page load times) and improved support for scalable vector graphics (SVG).
Safari 3.1 can be downloaded free of charge for Mac OS X Leopard, Mac OS X Tiger, Windows XP and Windows Vista from the company’s website.