Firefox 3.6 Boosts Speed, Tabs, HTML 5 and CSS - page 2
Speed, Plug-In Enhancements, Easier Customization
HTML 5 and CSS support
For developers, there are some new HTML 5 and CSS features that Mozilla has integrated into Firefox 3.6. The HTML 5 File API is one such new feature, enabling simple drag-and-drop between a user's desktop and the browser while giving Firefox new capabilities to interact with desktop files.
As an example, Beltzner described how an image file on a desktop could be dragged to a Web site, which could then pull out geographical and other information from the file.
Font support and tools also get a boost in the new Mozilla release.
"In Firefox 3.6 we've added support for the Web Open Font Format (WOFF), which is a compressed version of font container," Beltzner said. "We heard from Web developers that they love downloadable fonts, but they're large. So WOFF takes the size down by a factor of three."
CSS support is expanded in Firefox 3.6 as well, with additional CSS 3 support for backgrounds and support for gradients.
Firefox 3.6 will also change a key tab behavior for users. In all previous versions of Firefox, when a user clicked to open a new tab, it would open at the far right of the tab strip. With Firefox 3.6, tabs will open in the tab adjacent to the one the user is working in. Rival browser Google Chrome already has such a behavior.
"I think people are happy about this," Beltzner said, though he conceded that it's a work in progress. "I think the algorithm we have used needs to be tweaked a bit. It's hard stuff to reason through, as opening tabs adjacent appears magical until the browser gets it wrong, and then it's annoying."
- Skip Ahead
- 1. Speed, Plug-In Enhancements, Easier Customization
- 2. Speed, Plug-In Enhancements, Easier Customization
Solid state disks (SSDs) made a splash in consumer technology, and now the technology has its eyes on the enterprise storage market. Download this eBook to see what SSDs can do for your infrastructure and review the pros and cons of this potentially game-changing storage technology.
- 1Linux Top 3: GNOME 3.12 and New Betas for Ubuntu 14.04 and OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0
- 2Linux Top 3: Linus Lashes out, Linux 3.14 Gets PIE and Ubuntu One is Done.
- 3Linux Top 3: Ubuntu 14.04, Debian Gives Squeeze More Life and Red Hat Goes Atomic
- 4Linux Top 3: CoreOS, Oracle Enterprise Linux 7 and Ubuntu 14.10
- 5Linux Top 3: Debian Gives Up on Upstart, Ubuntu and Linux Kernel Updates