Three things I’d like to see in Firefox 3.1

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Let me say up front that from what I’ve seen of Fire­fox 3 so far, it real­ly looks to be a knock­out brows­er; it’s light, fast, exten­si­ble, and the inter­face is flaw­less. The one and only thing that’s dis­ap­point­ed me slight­ly, how­ev­er, is the lack of new front-end fea­tures for devel­op­ers like myself to take advan­tage of.

Online appli­ca­tions have been giv­en a huge boost with offline stor­age and new HTML 5 fea­tures, but where are the shiny graph­i­cal hooks for us to play with? Below are three new fea­tures I’d like to see imple­ment­ed in Fire­fox 3.1 (which I’ve just made up).

NB: This might seem a bit pre­vi­ous, as Fire­fox 3 has­n’t actu­al­ly been released yet, but I’ve been using the nightlies for a while and it seems unlike­ly that any of these fea­tures will be imple­ment­ed before launch.

  1. SVG in img and background-image

    I believe Opera 9.5 will be the first brows­er to do this, and I think it’s an excel­lent idea. SVG allows us to make scal­able, light­weight, vec­tor ele­ments (which can inter­act­ed with via script­ing). This tuto­r­i­al on, How to do pho­to­shop-like effects in SVG, gives an exam­ple of what’s possible.

  2. CSS3 Selectors

    The W3C released a snap­shot of CSS specs they con­sid­er sta­ble last year; basi­cal­ly it cov­ers name­spaces, colour, and selec­tors. Fire­fox 3 does imple­ment some of the new colour dec­la­ra­tions (RGBA, HSL, HSLA), but its sup­port for selec­tors has fall­en behind Opera and Safari/Webkit. nth-child and its sib­lings may not be essen­tial, but they’re cer­tain­ly useful.

  3. More experimental CSS properties

    Webkit has tak­en the lead on this, with text-shad­ow, box-shad­ow, mul­ti­ple back­grounds, and many more, avail­able for test­ing with the ‑webkit- pre­fix; and Opera is not far behind. Fire­fox, how­ev­er, does­n’t seem to have imple­ment­ed any of these accord­ing to any doc­u­men­ta­tion I can find. I know the W3’s specs haven’t been finalised yet, but how are we sup­posed to exper­i­ment and pro­vide feed­back if our brows­er does­n’t sup­port them? Mozil­la was the first brows­er to fea­ture columns and round­ed cor­ners, but that ear­ly exper­i­men­ta­tion seems to have been abandoned.

Come on, Fire­fox team; you’ve made the best brows­er on the mar­ket (IMHO), now give us the best lay­out and ren­der­ing engine to back it up.

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“Three things I’d like to see in Firefox 3.1”

  1. You’ll be pleased to know that all of your requests have bugs you can CC your­self onto: — exter­nal SVG not loaded from img tag — SVG images in CSS — imple­ment CSS3 selec­tors (track­ing bug) — Imple­ment CSS2/3 text-shad­ow property — Add sup­port for CSS3 box-shadow — Imple­ment sup­port for CSS3 mul­ti­ple backgrounds

    And yeah, it would be nice to have all of these. Hope­ful­ly once they’re out of release mode they can get on to sup­port­ing things like this.

    N.b. for peo­ple who might be read­ing this, Bugzil­la isn’t an advo­ca­cy plat­form so please don’t go there and post stuff like ‘It’s been 5 years since this bug was filed, fix it now’. It won’t make the devel­op­ers any more like­ly to fix it, and it makes it hard­er to back­track through the bug to see what’s going on with it.

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