Category Archives: Firefox

Firefox Dropping Support for 3.6

Firefox is forward thinking.

After two years of regular updates, we’ll end our support for Firefox 3.6 on April 24th. In the years since Firefox 3.6, we’ve make incredible improvements to Firefox, including phenomenal HTML5 capabilities, Firefox Sync, faster JavaScript performance, support for the Do Not Track header, and an easier, quieter update process. Barring any major stability or security issues found over the next few weeks, Firefox 3.6.28 will be our last 3.6 release.

Firefox 3.6 was released on January 21, 2010. They also announced that the minimum supported Windows version will change to Windows XP SP2 in Firefox 13.

via Upcoming Firefox Support Changes | Future Releases.

Firefox Commits to Supporting H.264

Mozilla finally came to their senses and realized if they want Firefox to be relevant it has to be on mobile phones, and it has to support H.264 video.

What I do know for certain is this: H.264 is absolutely required right now to compete on mobile. I do not believe that we can reject H.264 content in Firefox on Android or in B2G and survive the shift to mobile.

via Video, Mobile, and the Open Web ? Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog.

Firefox Proposes Releasing Every Six Weeks

Read the proposal here.

I predicted this here.

This is obviously a response to Google Chrome releasing a new version every six weeks. Chrome is eating Firefox’s lunch. Maybe not in overall marketshare, but Chrome is definitely faster. In the browser market, faster is better. People are noticing this.

Also, developers are shifting to Chrome, and I would argue that developers were a big force in pushing adoption of Firefox. Chrome is helping itself in this area by having native dev tools and focusing on improving those tools.

Firefox 4 was in development for over a year with the release date slipping multiple times. Firefox could simply not continue on it’s current path and stay relevant in the current market.

Firefox 4 is set to be released on March 22, 2011. Versions 5, 6 and 7 are also currently planned for release in 2011.

Firefox 2 Does Not Support inline-block

Those familiar with CSS 2.1 may be familiar with the CSS property display: inline-block. This property allows an object to have the properties of both an inline object and a block object. What this means is that the object can be displayed inline but have height and width qualities of a block object.

This is a property that can be very useful when applying certain layouts. I was using it on a project recently when I discovered that Firefox 2 lacks support for display: inline-block. This was quite shocking to me because I assumed that Firefox 2 had full support of CSS 2.1. After all, Firefox was the number one Mozilla browser until only recently.

Anyway, in searching for a work around, I discovered that there is a similar Mozilla-specific CSS property that works in the same way, display: -moz-inline-box. All you have to do is add that property to your CSS and you will get the same effect in Firefox 2.

However, I discovered another problem with this in that once you apply display: -moz-inline-box to an object you can no longer use position: absolute on any objects contained within that object. I continued to be amzaed by Firefox 2’s misbehavior.

I finally discovered a solution to this as well, although not ideal. After searching a bit more, I found that if you add an second div inside the object, you can apply position: relative to that, which will then allow you to position objects absolutely within that div. Make sense?

In case you were wondering, the reason it is not ideal is that you are adding an unnecessary div to your code for simply presentational purposes. It is never good to do this, but sometimes the trade off is worth it for full cross browser support, when your layouts are more complex.

Firefox Beta 3 Available

So this happened last week, and I’m just getting around to posting it, but it’s still a big deal. Firefox Beta 3 was released. You can download it here, and check out the release notes here. It’s noted that this is a test version and not recommended for public consumption. If you’re interested, check out the known issues so far.

Seems like there are still lots of bugs, so it’s probably not quite ready for release. Still, Beta is a good sign. I have only heard good things about version 3 so far. I can’t wait to test it, but I’m not quite ready to give it a try yet. If you find any bugs, be sure to report them.

Browser Version Market Share for September 2007

I have been looking for a source for stats on browser marketshare, and what do you know, I’ve found it. There is a site called Market Share that apparently publishes this information on a monthly basis. So now I have some concrete information to go on. In fact you can see September 2007 browser stats here. Here is a snippet of info.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 – 42.75%
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 – 34.60%
Firefox 2.0 – 13.57%
Safari 41 – 3.91%

As you can see, IE7 is still second to IE6 with Firefox coming in far behind in third. So if you ever doubt that you need to check your work in IE6, it is still the most used browser out there.

Update – 10/16/07: Microsoft is issuing an automatic update today that will install IE 7. We should be able to see the effects of this if we watch the browser stats in the next few months.

Wal-Mart Does Not Support Firefox

On Tuesday of this week, Michael Arrington of TechCrunch pointed out on the TechCrunch blog that Wal-Mart had mistakes in the code of their brand new video site that prevented the CSS from loading in Firefox. The blog post has a screenshot of what it looked like. It would appear that whoever designed the site did not even check it in Firefox before launch, and reportedly the mistakes were easily fixable.

Well, today I just went to the site and found something that you will not believe. Not only has Wal-Mart not fixed the site, they put in a browser sniffer to shut all other browsers, except IE, out completely. Now if you go to the site, http://www.walmart.com/videodownloads, you see this message:

Our website requires the browser Internet Explorer version 6 or higher. It appears that you are using Firefox, Safari, or another browser that Wal-Mart Video Downloads doesn’t currently support.

So, rather than fix their mistake, which was apparently easily fixable, they decide to just say screw it and support no other browsers except Microsoft? I guess I should expect this from them, but come on. Wal-Mart is not living in the stone ages here. They are trying to compete with the likes of Netflix and iTunes. This is in effect a slap in the face to Firefox and Safari users, who in fact just might be the types of people that would use an online video downloading service, the very people you would think they would be trying to target.

Maybe the question we should be asking here is Wal-Mart somehow in bed with Microsoft on this?

Update: It appears Wal-Mart has taken the site down altogether. Now if you go to the site it says,

Site Temporarily Unavailable
The Wal-Mart Video Downloads store is currently unavailable due to temporary site maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please try again later.

It looks like all this attention provoked some action on their part. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Update 2: Now it’s back to what it said at first when you look at it in Firefox.

Unsupported Browser
We’re sorry …
Our website requires the browser Internet Explorer version 6 or higher. It appears that you are using Firefox, Safari, or another browser that Wal-Mart Video Downloads doesn’t currently support. Click here to get Internet Explorer for free from Microsoft.

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Use ColorZilla Firefox Add-on

If you use Firefox and you are a designer, you should be using ColorZilla, which is an add-on for Firefox. ColorZilla adds an eyedropper icon into the status bar at the bottom of your browser. When you click on it, the arrow turns into a crosshairs while you move it around on the screen. The cool part is that it displays the hexadecimal values in the status bar for whatever color the item is you are hovering on. In addition, it displays the RGB values, plus the CSS selector for the item.

It’s very useful because it will tell you color values right from from your browser, and it even works on images and backgrounds. There are many times when I want to color match something, or I am too lazy to fire up Photoshop and use the eyedropper tool. It really is a huge time saver. So, download ColorZilla today and get using it, if you aren’t already.

Lorem Ipsum Text Generator

I ran across an excellent Firefox plug-in today if you design or build a lot of web sites. It could actually be used for print as well.

Doing web site builds, I always need Lorem Ipsum, or dummy text, to fill out the content areas of the sites I am building. A while back, I found a web site that I normally use for generating Lorem Ipsum text, http://www.lipsum.com/.

It works very well. But, whenever I use it, I have to search for the web site in Google. Then, I run the program that generates the text. Then, I copy and paste the text in my web page. It works very well. But, I remembered hearing about a plug-in for Firefox that generated Lorem Ipsum text.

Today, I decided rather than go through all those steps again, I would try to find the plug-in and see how well it works. Well, I found it and after trying it out, I think it works great!

The plug-in, LoremIpsum Content Generator, can be found at https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/198/. Once you download and install the plug-in to Firefox, it is very easy to use. Just go to the tools menu, and click on the generate Lorem Ipsum text option. There it brings up a window which gives you several options. You can generate text by character, words or paragraphs. After that, all you have to do is click the button to copy the text to the clipboard and paste it into your work.

I recommend this plug-in to anyone who uses Lorem Ipsum text on a daily basis. I think you will it is a small step but is worth it to increase your productivity!