The Christmas celebrations are fast approaching and it doesn’t seem five minutes since the last one. The same can be said with the latest release from the mighty Mozilla, with their beta offering of Firefox 4.
The Website Design industry is one of the largest up-takers for the ever-popular Firefox web browser with its efficient operation and wide selection of plug-ins and tools.
I have been using Firefox for fair few year now, so I’m always interested in new releases and updates. Lets take a sneak peak at what’s new…
Improved Look & Usability
As I load the program for the first time, the first thing that’s apparent is the amount of changes purely on an aesthetics level. Google Chrome springs to mind as you can immediately recognise the condensed toolbars and tabs, leaving a larger viewing area, and the loading graphics have evolved to more informative page load speed indication.
Improvements to way the audio can be embedded and worked with using HTML5 and the new Audio Data API. There are some fantastic examples of just what can be achieved in this Mozilla Video.
As the web moves rapidly in the direction of video technologies, it’s no surprise to see support for the HTML 5 <video> tag’s buffering property as well as native support for the WebM HD Video format.
Performance Enhancing in Windows
This latest release brings with it great news for windows users, as Firefox provides hardware acceleration for enhanced rendering of animations and video.
The introduction of app tabs is aimed at distinguishing and providing resources for applications, which may be kept open for prolonged and persistent usage, such as Facebook.
Partial support is now available for the CSS3 Transitions selector.
Support for more HTML5 form controls.
Finally, Mozilla welcomes the ability to use the much talked about HTML5 form controls, further simplifying web form functionality.
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