Mozilla, the creator of the Firefox web browser, has released their new version of the browser, Firefox 35. The new release has advanced security features that are made to help you stay safe while browsing the internet. It is also optimised for faster browsing thanks to tabbed browsing, blocked pop-up windows, and less stress on your computer’s memory. The new browser also has different ways to customise your web browsing experience for convenience. Users will also be able to synchronise their browser settings across different devices for continuity and convenience. For example, once a Firefox 35 user sets up their bookmarks, passwords, and history on one device they’ll be able to have and use that same information on their other devices.
While there are a number of new features available for users there are also a number of significant changes that can make the lives of web developers easier.
Firefox 35 CSS Changes
There are various noteworthy changes in Firefox 35 that web developers will notice and use to their benefit. The first change has to do with the CSS source maps.
The CSS source maps in the backend are now enabled by default in Firefox 35. These source maps allow the tools to create a map back from the created CSS to the original syntax. This will allow them to be displayed and let the developer edit the filed in the original syntax. This capability was actually first added to Firefox 29 but it wasn’t a default. Here in Firefox 35, this is enabled by default.
Some other changes regarding the CSS are the mask-type property is also activated by default as is the filter property. Also, [email protected] fonts are now supported as are functional notation symbols. These additional functions as well as the number of new default options should make a web developer’s work slightly easier since they’ll be able to bypass additional coding in the CSS.
Pseudo-Element Changes and More
Another one of the noteworthy changes for web developers in Firefox 35 is the ability to inspect pseudo-elements using the coding ::before and ::after. These allow web developers to insert cosmetic content, like pictures, before or after the content.
There are also some changes that can affect users and developers. This has to do with the Firefox 35 add-ons: extensions, appearance add-ons, and plugins.
Extensions are add-ons that add new features to the browser or that modify existing features. There are ones to block advertisements, download videos, or even add features from outside browsers.
Appearances come in two categories, complete themes and background themes. The complete themes change the look of the buttons as well as the menus. The background themes decorate the menu bar and tab strip with a solid background image.
Finally, plugins allow users and developers to add support for internet content. For example, if you need Flash or QuickTime, you’ll use a plugin to support them. While these aren’t new concepts in the realm of web browsing and development, Firefox 35, allows these add-ons to run smoother and faster.
With the latest version of Firefox web developers can take advantage of the changes and new features in order to complete their work easier and faster.