Thoughts on Web-Browser Design

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Hendrik Jäger

I’m quite unhappy with the webbrowser situation on linux at the moment and regularly try to find one meeting my requirements. To have something to link to instead of explaining my problems with those that exist, I describe both my requirements and my problems with existing software here.

  1. Power to the user! Protect privacy!

Things the browser should only do with explicit consent from the user, if applicable the user should be able to choose which protocol/host/port triplets to white/blacklist:

  1. Be efficient!

I tend to leave a lot of tabs open and nobody can deny that some websites simply suck, so the browser should, unless told otherwise by the user:

  1. Be stable!