Yesterday, I have been browsing my Google Reader feeds, and I stumbled upon a post from the Chromium blog. The actual title was “Introducing Google Chrome Frame“. Since that was something I have never heard before about, I just had to read it.
Well, it turned out that “Google Chrome Frame” is a plugin for Internet Explorer (IE) browsers.
You can directly install the Google Chrome Frame plugin on Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.
Now, let’s see Google Chrome pwning IE in action:
The plugin is installed on an IE7, XP SP3 machine.
Here is the exact code:
Let’s see what it does by default in IE7:
Now, we are going to add a simple string in front of the http:// part of the page’s url, i.e. the result would be cf:http://…
The “cf:” triggers the Google Chrome Frame to be enabled for any site on the Web.
And the result is:
Yeap, this is it, Google Chrome engine powering the poor old IE.
Another way to automatically trigger the Google Chrome Frame is the presence of a special “meta” tag. Of course this is something that the Web developer has to add on a page.
So let’s go and that meta tag on our previous code:
And now without including the cf: url prefix, the result is:
Chrome, or Google, did it again!
Now start adding the Chrome meta tag on your Web pages 😉