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Firefox 3.5 Released

>If you didn’t know already, Firefox 3.5 was released today (June 30, 2009).

Of course, the PensioenPage technology is ready for it, even detecting the version properly, check out the source code:

www.pensioenpage.com/?_indent=true

Note that the _indent=true enables indentation in the source code.

 
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Posted by on 30 June 2009 in firefox, firefox3, firefox3.5

 

>PensioenPage supports Firefox 3.0

>As one of the first companies, we at PensioenPage are proud to announce we have confirmed compatibility with Firefox 3.0, mere hours after it’s release. Since we adhere to a standards-based approach, compatiblity is mostly out-of-the-box.

 

>Firefox 3.0 released – and other browser news

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Today (June 18), Mozilla Firefox 3.0 has officially been released. YSlow (a web page performance analysis extension for Firefox, by Yahoo) has been updated to 0.9.5 beta 2, just in time to support Firefox 3.

Some other browser news:

  • Opera 9.5 has been released;
  • the Firefox 3.1 features have been defined, see the MozillaWiki and the article on MozillaLink; a first alpha release is target for mid July;
  • Microsoft announced that the 2nd beta of IE 8 is scheduled for August 2008;
  • Apple has provided an early build of Safari 4 on the Apple Developer Connection, apparently with their new JavaScript engine SquirrelFish integrated;
  • the GrApple theme (that makes Firefox look like a native Mac app) has been updated for Firefox 3.
 

>Firebug 1.2 beta 2 for Firefox 3.0

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On the Firebug blog, an announcement is posted about the release of Firebug 1.2 beta 2. It’s compatible with Firefox 3.0 RC, but not with Firefox 2.0.

For the uninitiated, Firebug is a Firefox extension that provides a host of web development tools, such as various inspectors, a JavaScript debugger, etc.

 

>del.icio.us extension for Firefox 3.0

>Just recently, Firefox 3.0 RC was released.

I use a fair amount of Firefox extensions, including Firebug, YSlow for Firebug and the del.icio.us extension. The latter was not available for Firefox 3.0, until recently:

 

>Color spaces in Safari and Firefox 3

>Since long, Safari 3 has supported support for color profiles (see the WebKit blog entry Color Spaces). Now the Firefox 3 betas also come with support for it, although it’s disabled by default.

To enable support for color spaces in Firefox 3 beta 4, do the following:

  1. Go to about:config
  2. Confirm you want to edit settings
  3. Set the option “gfx.color_management.enabled” to “true”
  4. Restart Firefox

Now check out some sites. Like with Safari 3, colors in sites may look quite different, since an extra step is applied to convert the colors from the original color space to the color space for your screen.

For web developers this smart behavior introduces some challenges, since sites now look different on different browsers on the same platform. Of note, Safari and Firefox implement color space support differently: Safari only adjusts images (such as PNGs), while Firefox also adjusts CSS colors.

So even between Safari and Firefox 3 with color space support enabled, there are differences, as reported in Firefox bug report #424356 (see the attached screenshot) Firefox seems to do a better job here than Safari, because with the latter the colors of different elements on a web page may mismatch, as can be seen (with Safari 3.1) on a website like http://www.route65.eu/.

For web developers, here’s a pragmatic approach:

  1. make sure your images do not include a color profile (saves ~4KB)
  2. do not specify colors in CSS if there is an image that needs to match the color, instead use a dot image with the exact same color

Still your site will look different on browsers with or without color space support, but at least you work around the problem in Safari 3.1.