Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
Firefox 3 beta 1 is in the wild for developers to test with:
- Improved security features such as: better presentation of website identity and security, malware protection, stricter SSL error pages, anti-virus integration in the download manager, and version checking for insecure plugins.
- Improved ease of use through: better password management, easier add-on installation, new download manager with resumable downloading, full page zoom, animated tab strip, and better integration with Windows Vista and Mac OS X.
- Richer personalization through: one-click bookmarking, smart search bookmark folders, direct typing in location bar searches your history and bookmarks for URLs and page titles, ability to register web applications as protocol handlers, and better customization of download actions for file types.
- Improved platform features such as: new graphics and font rendering architecture, major changes to the HTML rendering engine to provide better CSS, float-, and table layout support, native web page form controls, colour profile management, and offline application support.
- Performance improvements such as: better data reliability for user profiles, architectural improvements to speed up page rendering, over 300 memory leak fixes, and a new XPCOM cycle collector to reduce entire classes of leaks.
Stuart Parmenter has discussed what he is excited about which includes:
- Vastly improved font selection and complex script support.
– Iâ€™ll be going in to more detail than you probably wanted to know on the improvements here soon.
- Color profile support for images and CSS colors
– This is disabled by default currently. We still need to add prefs for it. Set gfx.color_management.enabled to true in about:config and restart the browser to enable.
Both of these are fairly subtle improvements but should both make a big improvement to large sets of people.
While Iâ€™m really excited about this milestone, I think the memory work currently going on will make the next couple betas that much better.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:50 am