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Firefox 2 Beta 1: Live Today

By Molly E. Holzschlag | July 12th, 2006 | Filed in Browsers, General

Within minutes of this post being published, Mozilla will be rolling out the Firefox 2 Beta 1 release. This is a developer preview release of Firefox, and includes a number of interface and technology implementations, changes and upgrades.

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Some of the features mentioned include:

  • Better feed support
  • Default open link in new tab rather than new window
  • Inline spellcheck for form fields (wow)
  • Microsummaries for bookmarks (also wow)
  • Support for JavaScript 1.7
  • Improved security for plugins and extensions
  • Client-side session and persistent storage
  • Support for SVG text using svg:textPath (interesting!

So, let’s give it a whirl, folks, and express your thoughts in comments. The good folks at Mozilla will want to know what you think.

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#1 On July 12th, 2006 2:52 pm Sebastian Redl replied:

JS 1.7 looks very nice indeed! That plus the new WHATWG stuff …

Shame not all browsers have this. The new JS features will probably, for the time being, be limited to Fox extensions.

#2 On July 12th, 2006 6:40 pm Brady J. Frey replied:

Did you see that skype, they came out with an application for Mac, Linux, and Windows at the same version level at the same time?! You could have stopped me moving to Gizmo, just think…

#3 On July 13th, 2006 6:56 am Ashley replied:

A great list of new features this new upgrade has it is sure to be a big hit. I will have to play with it for a week or two but I ll be sure to report any bugs or postive features in the coming weeks.

#4 On July 13th, 2006 7:38 am Ashley Bowers Blog » Firefox 2 Beta 1: Live Today replied:

[...] Firefox 2 Beta 1: Live Today [...]

#5 On July 14th, 2006 1:34 pm fatsheep replied:

I really like the beta (writing on it right now actually). The spell checking is convieniant, the graphical interface is very much improved, it remembers some passwords that 1.5 didn’t (like admin cp login for forums), and is it just me or has their been speed improvements as well?

#6 On July 14th, 2006 2:46 pm Steve Tucker replied:

Support for Javascript 1.7 should definitely be interesting. I was also rather impressed with the form spellchecking feature – nice touch of innovation!

#7 On July 16th, 2006 7:29 am Jeff Scism replied:

I would like to “find” someplace where I can suggest that the Standards for rendering URL execution in the Browser treats all URLs that contain an @ symbol as a Email link, vs. a URL.

I am constantly running across misformed email links which leave out the “mailto: portion, and get rendered as URLs.

Logic tells me that if a URL ‘reads’ with the @ symbol in it, that there should be a way to trigger it as a email link vs. a URL website address? By default in the browser programming?

(It would default and detect when the”mailto:” portion of the link is left out if the @ symbol is present.)

This of course assumes the the @ symbol is not used in any actual URL address anywhere

#8 On July 16th, 2006 10:13 am Jonathan Snook replied:

Jeff: Yes, URL’s can actually have @ symbols in them. Here’s an example for providing some basic authentication credentials:

http://username:[email protected]/

#9 On July 16th, 2006 3:48 pm lectrice replied:

“(writing on it right now actually). The spell checking is convieniant”

– but maybe not terribly effective? Sorry, couldn’t resist.

#10 On July 17th, 2006 1:05 am iMod » Firefox 2 Beta 1 Released! replied:

[...] As anxious as we all may be for Firefox 2, we still have to wait for the final version, but in the mean time we can settle for what we have and that is Beta 1. Yes, not only but a few days ago Firefox 2 Beta 1 was released. Here are some major changes in the new development: [...]

#11 On July 17th, 2006 4:59 am Ivan replied:

I really like it, great list of new features I’ll wait for the final version

#12 On July 26th, 2006 5:20 am Christoph Schiessl replied:

… the page rendering in the new version is much faster now (Mac OS Tiger). You notice while scrolling down a page!

Are already using Cairo ( for rendering??

#13 On July 29th, 2006 4:57 pm Gary replied:

But does it pass the Acid test?

#14 On October 25th, 2006 6:46 pm Kieran replied:

Good question Gary.

For those of you who don’t know, the web standards organization ( has an acid 2 test that grades a browser’s ability to render the most complicated CSS code.

To answer your question Gary, it does not pass the Acid 2 test.

The test will remain extremely difficult (if not impossible) for Firefox to pass until they upgrade or move beyond the Gecko engine. It’s easier to introduce a form spell checker…

I didn’t download Explorer 7.0, but I’m sincerely doubting it can render the drawing. The Trident engine is absolutely appalling.


#15 On October 29th, 2006 5:15 pm Jessica’s Blog » Blog Archive » Firefox 2 Beta 1: Live Today replied:

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