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Firefox 10: A very incremental whole-number release

31 January 2012 1,041 views One Comment

The rapid release cycle that began with Firefox 4, Mozilla has delivered a steady stream of relatively ho-hum updates over the course of nine months. This latest point release in whole number clothing comes with tangible progress baked in, but won’t do anything dissuade folks of the correctness of that narrative.

Firefox 10 is Mozilla’s current release channel offering and it comes to market with the following features and fixes baked in:

• The forward button is now hidden until you navigate back
• Most add-ons are now compatible with new versions of Firefox by default
• Anti-Aliasing for WebGL is now implemented
• CSS3 3D-Transforms are now supported
• New < bdi > HTML element for bi-directional text isolation, along with supporting CSS properties
• Full Screen HTML5 APIs allow devs to build a web application that runs full screen
• Added IndexedDB APIs to more closely match the specification
• Inspect tool with content highlighting, includes new CSS Style Inspector
• Mac OS X only – after installing the latest Java release from Apple, Firefox may crash when closing a tab with a Java applet installed (700835)
• Eight known issues, including a potential conflict/crash with Growl 1.3.x

Firefox 10 scores 332 of 475 point on the The HTML5 Test versus the Firefox 8’s 314. A nice tick up to be sure, but still less Chrome 16’s 373 — see a side-by-side HTML5 compatibility comparison.

For its part, Safari 5.1.2 scores 317 on the same scale.

The Verge, perhaps sums it up best, “[T]he latest release brings the kind of life-changing features you’d expect from a six-week update cycle…”

I’m glad for the new features, improved HTML5 support and bug fixes, but could do without the implied drama that rapid release entails…

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