Apple Updates Safari Browser
Apple on Monday released a new version of its Web browser for Mac OS X Panther with new security and Java features.Apple Computer Inc. on Monday released an update to its Safari Web browser that adds new digital certificate and Java support as well as greater keyboard accessibility. Safari 1.2 is only available for Mac OS X 10.3, known as "Panther." The update takes advantage of Panthers Keychain feature for enabling its support for personal certificate authentication. Web sites now can provide users with personal certificates, generated by a certificate authority and stored in Keychain, for authentication instead of only user names and passwords, said Kurt Knight, Internet product manager at Apple. A new feature in Safari 1.2 called LiveConnect also requires Java 1.4.2. LiveConnect allows for two-way communication between the browser and Java applets. A browser typically communicates in one direction to run a Java applet, but with two-way communication a Java applet could also talk back to the browser allowing, for example, the applet to refresh a Web page as it runs, Knight said.
"Today is just the continuation of the rapid evolution of this browser," Knight said.