It's Now Your Turn To Benchmark The Web Browser
It's now time for you to benchmark your web-browser. The test is simple, just takes a few moments, and will affect your browsing experience at Phoronix.com. The long-awaited SVG-driven result graphs, tables, and other media will soon be rolled out, so make sure it works for your system.
Back when OpenBenchmarking.org was rolled out in February, I mentioned there would be the ability to easily embed test results, system software/hardware information, and other data on other web-sites. For example, interactive result charts could be embedded onto Phoronix.com. While the code has been done for a while, over the weekend (which just happened to be its six month anniversary), I finished some tweaks and am nearing ready to roll it out.
What this means is that on future Phoronix articles, rather than standard PNG images for the graphs, there will now be SVG-based graphs that are interactive. The interactivity right now is mostly limited to mouse-overs for more information, the ability to click on various items to view more information on OpenBenchmarking.org, etc. However, more features will come once everything else is settled.
Besides basic interactivity, the SVG graphs are scalable and better quality, should result in faster page loads (the bilde_renderer drawing library is outputting SVG graphs on average around ~4KB where as the same PNGs are 20~30KB), and just all-around better.
Besides the graphs, the system tables can also be embedded, so they will also be used on Phoronix.com. This has been a long sought after feature by many Phoronix readers. Below should be an embedding example.
Or overview charts...
To see that your web browser will continue providing a pleasant experience when browsing Phoronix, go to this page where there is a number of OpenBenchmarking.org graphs embedded for testing purposes.
This work is powered by the bilde_renderer and pts_Graph components I designed for the Phoronix Test Suite. The bilde_renderer is a drawing library with a single API that can seamlessly target SVG, SVGZ, PNG, GIF, JPEG, and Adobe SWF formats. The pts_Graph library provides all the graphing needs for OpenBenchmarking.org and the Phoronix Test Suite.
Be sure to test these embedded graphs in your web browser(s) as soon as possible and provide feedback via e-mail or through the Phoronix Forums if there is any issues or feedback concerning areas for improvement with these visuals. When providing feddback it's critical that you provide your HTTP user-agent string (it's shown on the example page, e.g. Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:6.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/6.0). I plan to begin rolling out these new graphs live on Phoronix within the next week or two. Again, here is the test page.
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