Mozilla releases Firefox 1.5 on schedule – Computerworld

Mozilla releases Firefox 1.5 on schedule – Computerworld

Ask a question, find an answer: the delta for the new version of Firefox according to the IDG News Service:

"For Internet Explorer (IE) users who haven’t made the leap to Firefox, version 1.5 includes a wizard that allows users to report Web sites that don’t work in Mozilla’s browser so developers can ensure sites working in IE also work in Firefox. The new version also includes more descriptive error-message pages and a redesigned Options/Preferences window that increases the number of category icons and moves them from the left side of the window to the top. Other new features in the browser include an automatic software update mechanism, faster navigation using the "Back" and "Forward" tabs, and the ability for users to drag and drop browser tabs for reordering. Developers also have fortified Firefox 1.5 with new support for Web standards, adding support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), JavaScript 1.6 and new versions of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). SVG is a language based on XML (Extensible Markup Language) for writing sophisticated two-dimensional graphics, and JavaScript 1.6 is the latest version of the scripting language. CSS is a W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standard for adding style elements, such as fonts, colors and spacing, to Web documents In addition, the Firefox update adds better pop-up blocking and a host of security enhancements, according to Mozilla. Other new features include the addition of to Firefox’s list of search engines and a Clear Private Data function that allows users to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut."

Firefox 1.5 — it’s new but is it nice?

I am such a lemming when it comes to software upgrades and just upgraded Firefox to 1.5, blowing away some useful extensions in the process such as GreaseMonkey, the hyper-useful Omniture ClickMap plug in, and fireFTP which was growing on me as the best FTP client I’ve used since SmartFTP. Sigh. Ten minutes into 1.5 Firefox and I can’t see any shiny new toys and pine for my extensions.


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