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Tagged: firefox

RIP Firebug

The Firebug extension isn’t being developed or maintained any longer. We invite you to use the Firefox built-in DevTools instead.

I was an avid Firebug user and it’s THE tool that peaked my interest in front-end development. Until I came across Firebug, I was a back-end only guy (that sounds wrong). Anyway, a massive thanks to the developers, you’re all awesome and you’ve definitely made the web a better place. I will always have fond memories of Firebug and I think it’s earned its place in the annals of web history.

Reducing Adobe Flash Usage in Firefox image/svg+xml

Mozilla and the Web as a whole have been taking steps to reduce the need for Flash content in everyday browsing. Starting in August, Firefox will block certain Flash content that is not essential to the user experience, while continuing to support legacy Flash content. These and future changes will bring Firefox users enhanced security, improved battery life, faster page load, and better browser responsiveness.

Seems like a wise move. What’s interesting here is the graph they show that details how the crash rates decreased dramatically when YouTube and Facebook switched to HTML5 video. I wonder if other browser vendors will follow suit?

P.S. The BBC have covered this story, I hope they take notice and sort their shit out.

Smoother scrolling in Firefox 46 with APZ image/svg+xml

Have you ever been on Facebook or Twitter, merrily scrolling down the page, when all of a sudden, the browser appears to freeze? For several long seconds it just hangs there, and you’re not sure if it’s going to crash or not. Then, finally, something gives way, and the page jumps to catch up to your scrolling, disorienting you?

Yes, Facebook is particularly bad.

That’s called jank, and in Firefox 46 Beta we are well on our way to making jank a thing of the past.

Great!

Login Forms over HTTPS, Please image/svg+xml

In Firefox 46 Developer Edition, we display a prominent warning to developers about this risk.  When a page with a password field is not delivered securely, Firefox displays a lock with a red strikethrough in the address bar.

Seems like a waste to restrict this to the Developer Edition, I think Mozilla should follow Google’s lead and highlight all non HTTPS enabled sites.