Thursday, September 18th, 2008

SVG Effects on HTML

Category: Firefox, SVG

Sticking with SVG news…. Robert O’Callahan of Mozilla has shown SVG effects for HTML: A while back, I announced work on applying SVG effects to HTML content. The idea is to make the SVG ‘clip-path‘, ‘mask‘ and ‘filter‘ CSS properties apply to non-SVG elements as well as SVG elements. This work landed on trunk last Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:47 am
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3.3 rating from 17 votes

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Gecko and WebKit in 2008

Category: Browsers, Firefox

WebKit gets all of the love these days. It’s the skinny little brother that gets all of the hot dates. It is easy to think that Gecko is complex, but there is nuance to the tale, and Ars brings that nuance. After explaining the strengths of WebKit, and the history of Gecko, they move on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:28 am

4.5 rating from 32 votes

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Firefox implements 3 CSS properties: text-shadow, -moz-box-shadow and -moz-column-rule

Category: CSS, Firefox

Michael Ventnor has blogged about the new support for text-shadow, -moz-box-shadow and -moz-column-rule which follows on with Safari and Opera. The subtle effects really add a great touch when NOT used gratuitously. The samples are both ;) If you’ve been following the Gecko 1.9.1 development since it started then you’re probably already aware of, and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:36 am

4.5 rating from 45 votes

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Ubiquity: Quicksilver of the Firefox browser

Category: Firefox, Utility

Aza Raskin and the Mozilla Labs team have launched Ubiquity the command line tool that they have been talking about for awhile. Ubiquity is “experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily.” Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:00 am

4.9 rating from 22 votes

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Firebug 1.2: The final release is out there

Category: Debugging, Firefox

John has announced the Firebug 1.2 final release. As well as just supporting Firefox 3, there are some quality improvements: The Script panel (the JavaScript debugger), the Net panel (network monitoring), and Console panel have all seen considerable updates. They’re all much more performant and have a huge number of bug fixes. Specifically the Console Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:11 am

4.7 rating from 39 votes

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

JavaScript JIT: The Dream Gets Closer (in Firefox)

Category: Firefox, JavaScript

For years, many of us have been salivating over the idea of JIT’ed JavaScript in the browser. Adobe’s JIT’ing Flash VM showed a preview of tremendous speed gains to be had, but we’ve had to wait until SquirrelFish from WebKit to see anything dramatic happen in the browser. Until now. Mozilla just let the cat Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:19 pm

4.7 rating from 64 votes

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Mozilla creates the concept cars of the Web

Category: Browsers, Firefox

The video above is a “concept” called Aurora, created by Jesse James Garrett of Adaptive Path. Give it a play and you will see his vision for a very visual immersive, space-age-like environment that is very social. There are a couple of others too, such as Wei Zhou’s bookmarking concept and Aza Raskin’s mobile phone Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:41 am

3.2 rating from 37 votes

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Neat Firefox Video SVG Tricks

Category: Firefox

Chris Double recently announced that Firefox is edging closer to supporting the Video and Audio elements; the front-end code is checked into the trunk and the back-end video decoders are close behind. In an interesting mash-up, Chris applied his Video patches to the Rob O’Callahan Firefox branch we discussed earlier to produce some wild real-time Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:00 am

3.7 rating from 26 votes

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

The Pencil Project

Category: Firefox, Showcase

José Jeria pointed us to a great looking XUL application that allows you to sketch GUI’s and then export them to PNG: With the power of the underlying Mozilla Gecko engine, Pencil turns your excellent Firefox 3 browser into a sketching tool with just a 400-kilobyte installation package. Pencil will always be free and can Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:40 am

4.6 rating from 37 votes

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

eval(’foo=a’, obj.fn); How you will be private in Firefox 3.1

Category: Firefox, JavaScript

Peter realized that the eval(string, scope) support in Firefox meant that the private pattern could be gotten around and developers came out saying “doh!” Mozilla was quick on the case, and Firefox has taken out support which we should see in Firefox 3.1. What is interesting is John’s look at what happened. He points to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:58 pm

3.9 rating from 20 votes

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Mozilla Week: From Client (Firefox 3) to Server (Weave) to Mobile (Fennec)

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Mobile

It has been a busy week for Mozilla. We have seen news across the board of their technology. First we have the news that Firefox 3 should be available to download on June 17th. They are having a download party to kick things off. Stuart Parmenter had a proxy post that delves into the world Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:35 pm
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3.3 rating from 26 votes

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Mozilla Experiments with Applying SVG Effects to HTML

Category: Firefox, HTML, SVG

It seems so obvious once you think about it, but Rob O’Callahan from Mozilla took us by surprise in his blog post demonstrating his experimental branch of Gecko that allows you to apply SVG effects to HTML. The code for applying the effects above follows: < View plain text > xml <html xmlns=""     Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:00 am

4.2 rating from 21 votes

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Soft-hyphens and inline-block; Subtleties in Firefox 3 RC 1

Category: Browsers, Firefox

Kevin Yank has zoomed into the features in the new Firefox 3 RC 1, and explained two subtle ones that can help us as Web developers: Soft Hyphens Tucked away in the list of CSS improvements in Firefox 3 is this innocuous-looking feature: “HTML soft hyphens (­) are now supported.” Soft hyphens are one of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:30 am

4.4 rating from 26 votes

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Firebug 1.2 beta for Firefox 3 RC 1

Category: Debugging, Firefox

Firebug 1.2 beta is in the wild. The latest beta of the bug your FF3RC will love features: Enablement UI Disable always: when the Firebug UI is not active on any page, the debugger is disabled (minimal overhead) Instant on: when the Firebug UI is active, HTML, CSS, DOM views activate (minimal overhead) Script panel Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:13 am

4.4 rating from 57 votes

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Having a Tamarin trace a Spidermonkey

Category: Firefox, JavaScript, Performance

David Mandelin has posted about Tracehydra, which is the idea that the traced based JIT engine that is being worked on as part of Tamarin could be hooked up to Spidermonkey. Tracehydra would be the fluffy cloud that translates Spidermonkey bytecode to Tamarin IL (or possibly LIR-the details get confusing fast). (In the interest of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:15 am

3.2 rating from 17 votes

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Mozilla Fennec: The mobile browser wars

Category: Browsers, Firefox, Mobile

IE may be the dominant browser on the desktop, but the mobile wars are going strong. WebKit, Opera, and Pocket IE have a lot of users, but Mozilla has been a little weak in the past. Now though, they have a new Fennec browser that takes the great performance gains in Firefox 3, and makes Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:16 am
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4.1 rating from 21 votes