Good news today came from Mozilla Foundation, as company announced a support of WOFF (Web Open Font Format) in the upcoming Firefox 3.6 release.
What is it all about?
Unlike TrueType or OpenType formats, it is a compressed format. As a result, downloadable content size will be smaller. Also, it contains specific information which allows people to see where font came from.
Or as BetaNews described:
Its purpose is simply to repackage the same spline data that appears in TrueType and OpenType font files, in a format and with licensing that’s tailored exclusively for use on the Web.
Thanks to Gabana for news tip.
Yesterday Mozilla has released a new extension called “Add-On Compatibility Reporter”. As you might guess, it does report whether installed add-ons work or have some issues with alpha and beta releases.
Here’s what they say about it:
“After installing the Add-on Compatibility Reporter, your incompatible extensions will become enabled for you to test whether they still work with the version of Firefox or Thunderbird that you’re using.”
Recommended for alpha and beta users only.
Download Add-on Compatibility Reporter.
According to Mike Beltzner (Director of Firefox at Mozilla Corporation), the upcoming Firefox 3.6 release will be a “minor update”. At Google groups, he said:
“Firefox 3.6 will be primarily a release with security, stability, speed and capability enhancements, with no visible user interface changes over Firefox 3.5. As such, I think we should consider it as a candidate for a minor update, stretching our definition of what types of updates we can provide using that mechanism,”
Mike states three main factors behind such decision:
- compatibility concerns
- stability and user testing concerns
- logistics and timing concerns
While some users remain confused on why not dub it as 3.5.5, we are more concerned about add-ons and themes compatibility. If Firefox 3.6 is a minor update, it’s still not clear, whether Mozilla will mark Firefox 3.5 extensions as compatible with 3.6, or developers will have to update every single one of them.
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Thanks to Andrew, Daniel Hendrycks, Gabana and Nox for links!
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Thanks to mabdul for links.
Picture source: TechSpot
With the upcoming Windows 7 release, developers are working hard to take an advantage of new OS features such as jumplist. Some time ago, Google has implemented the following feature into its Chrome web browser, and now, the latest Firefox build on Mozilla’s Tryserver includes Windows 7 Jumplist support as well.
As you can see from the screenshot, users will be able to quickly access their most frequent visited web pages and open new tab and/or window easily.
Mozilla today released the fourth beta of Fennec for Maemo OS2008 and Maemo 5 software platforms.
You can test it on Nokia N810, N900 devices as well as Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems.
One of the first noticeable changes in Beta 4 is the fact that it now works with Nokia N900 handsets. Also, it has received various improvements, tweaks and bug fixes.
Here’s a changelog:
Microsoft and European Commission have finally come to an agreement on a new ballot screen with a total of 12 web browsers. Updated version includes a couple of changes and treaty for as long as 5 years. Testers will be able to test new screen with the following modifications: Continue Reading
The long awaited Firefox 3.6 (Namaroka) Beta is going to be released on 13 October, followed by Firefox 3.5.4 on 21 October. With the final version shipping in November, Firefox 3.6 is set to improve performance, several new CSS features and other architectural improvements.
Stephen Horlander has posted some of the upcoming Firefox 3.7 Mac theme mock ups for you to see. Also, some early Firefox 4.0 Mac theme concepts. As he says: “One goal of this visual refresh is an increased amount of cross platform consistency where it makes sense.”.
What was changed in Mac version? Continue Reading