FireFox 3.5版再度推迟至6月推出

        

Mozilla再度推迟发布火狐3.5版浏览器,预计今年6月推出.
业内人士称,火狐3.5版原计划今年初推出,但由于测试环节增加等因素,今年年中推出的可能性更大.火狐3.1 beta 3版于上周发布,而下一测试版则更名为火狐3.5,Mozilla称,“将火狐3.1更名为火狐3.5的决定反映了我们所做的大量工作不仅仅只是对 Firefox 3.0的简单升级.”

Mozilla“传道者”克里斯·波利扎德(Chris Blizzard)上周五在twitter上撰博称,在最终版推出前,将在“2-3月”内发布火狐3.5限量版.

目前,微软的IE 8已进入最后阶段,苹果也发布了Safari 4测试版,Opera也正在对其浏览器进行改进,以加快JavaScript处理速度,自谷歌Chrome推出以来,JavaScript处理技术已经成为浏览器研发的决定性战场.由于面临激烈竞争,Mozilla已经决定在火狐3.5版中增添新功能.据悉,火狐3.5增添的新功能包括更完美的数据隐私控制,改进了的页面布局和视图,特别是增添了TraceMonkey JavaScript编译器.

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Opera CEO称IE 8浏览器继续破坏网络标准

Opera Software首席执行官Jon von Tetzchner本周公开表示,微软的IE8浏览器还将继续破坏网络标准。这使得Opera必须继续浪费时间和金钱更新网站用于IE 6和IE 7。这也意味着,微软继续对网络施加不正当的影响和破坏。
多年来,微软已经以自己的IE浏览器引擎建立了自己的网络标准。这就迫使网站设计者要建立一个同时兼容于IE浏览器和其他的浏览器。这就扭曲了市场。

值得注意的是,尽管微软在IE 8已采纳了万维网联合会的HTML 5和CSS 2.1,但它没有采用已使用于Mozilla,谷歌,和Opera的SVG。

Jon von Tetzchner暗示,IE8真的到来的时候,不管它提供支持什么样的标准,其投诉缺乏对网络标准的支持会促使欧盟调查微软。这种情况现在已经引起了谷歌和Mozilla的支持。

Download Mozilla“Fennec” Beta 1

This is the twelfth development milestone and the first beta release of the mobile version of Firefox, for testing purposes only, intended to:

  • get wider feedback on our approach to the user experience
  • engage Mozilla community teams, including localizers, and testers
  • get feedback from Web developers
  • encourage add-on developers to port existing add-ons and invent new ones for mobile

The initial focus of Fennec development was on building a new user experience that reflects Firefox’s design principles, adding touch screen support and other interactions appropriate for mobile phones and other handheld devices, while preserving leading features like the Smart URL Bar (“awesome bar”) and support for add-ons.

For beta 1, we continued to focus on performance and responsiveness. TraceMonkey, Mozilla’s new JavaScript engine, is now included in Fennec, greatly improving performance. Many other performance improvements were made to panning, zooming, responsiveness and application start-up, some of which are listed below.

To help out, visit the Mozilla mobile page to learn about our public weekly meetings, how to find our community on IRC, and more.

These Release Notes provide a “quick start” for the impatient, some highlights of what’s included in this version, download and installation instructions, known issues, and frequently asked questions. Please read these notes and the bug filing instructions before reporting bugs to Bugzilla.

Quick start

This release is available for the OS2008 (“Maemo”) software platforms that runs on the Nokia N810 Internet Tablets. If you’re viewing this on an N810, install Fennec.

Don’t have an N810? Don’t worry, you can still experiment with Fennec, provide feedback, write add-ons, and get involved by installing a version of Fennec for your desktop PC:

The idea behind releasing the package for PCs is to give people who don’t have a Nokia Internet Tablet the ability to localize, experiment and build add-ons. Note: The desktop version of Fennec is not a supported product.

What’s in this version?

New for Beta 1:

  • TraceMonkey, Mozilla’s new JavaScript engine
  • Faster application start-up time
  • Faster panning
  • Faster zooming
  • Initial implementation of bookmark folders and bookmark editing
  • Support for plug-ins

This builds upon the feature set of the alpha releases:

Easy navigation to Web content:

  • Bookmarks, including tags
  • Smart URL bar (“awesome bar”)
  • Tabbed browsing with thumbnail images
  • Integrated Web search – built into the URL bar
  • Easy access to multiple search engines

Web content:

  • Maximize content by auto-hiding controls and URL bar
  • Zoom in and out

Security:

  • Instant Web site ID (“Larry“)
  • Password manager
  • Popup blocker
  • Clear private data

Devices services integration:

  • Click on a phone number to initiate a call
  • JavaScript API to get device location

Also:

  • Searchable download manager
  • Preferences pane
  • Add-ons manager, including ability to directly find and install add-ons

Installing Fennec

System requirements:

  • Nokia N810 Internet Tablet running OS2008 (“chinook” or “diablo”)

Installation:

Install a version of Fennec for your desktop PC:

Tips and tricks

  • to use the full screen for browsing, click the button on the left hand side on top of the device (to the left of the -/+ buttons)
  • swipe left to expose back/forward/bookmark buttons and the URL bar; swipe right to dismiss them
  • swipe right to expose tabs; swipe left to dismiss them

Known issues

  • Bug 458741: Allow panning/scrolling in iframes – Websites that display large amounts of content in IFrames, including Google Mail and Reader, will be very hard, if not impossible, to use.
  • Plugins may not work in some of the desktop builds.

Fennec Beta 1 walkthrough from Madhava Enros on Vimeo.