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The hard-working developers at released Mozilla 1.2 yesterday. This is the first stable release to include Type Ahead Find. For some time Internet Explorer’s Macintosh users have been able to focus on text links by keying in their first few characters, an important accessibility feature that allows links to be activated from the keyboard without having to tab through the entire document.

In addition to focusing on text links, Mozilla’s Type Ahead Find extends this concept to allow any page text to be found this way, and promises to render Ctrl-F (or Command-F) obsolete in very short order once you’ve started using it.

This version also introduces Link Prefetching. Using the link element, page authors are able to tell Mozilla which page or pages its user will likely be interested in next, and Mozilla will start preloading the material into its cache during idle time on that page.

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