posted by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jan 2010 22:22 UTC, submitted by aaronb
IconAfter a number of delays, Mozilla today released version 3.6 of the successful Firefox web browser. It brings with it numerous improvements and new features, and of course speed improvements are welcomed, too.

Apart from user-visible changes, there are also a number of things in Firefox 3.6 that should help developers. From the release notes:

  • Support for a new type of theme called Personas, which allow users to change Firefox's appearance with a single click.
  • Protection from out-of-date plugins to keep users safer as they browse.
  • Open, native video can now be displayed full screen and supports poster frames.
  • Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness, and startup time.
  • The ability for web developers to indicate that scripts should run asynchronously to speed up page load times.
  • Continued support for downloadable web fonts using the new WOFF font format.
  • Support for new CSS attributes such as gradients, background sizing, and pointer events.
  • Support for new DOM and HTML5 specifications including the Drag & Drop API and the File API, which allow for more interactive web pages.
  • Changes to how third-party software can integrate with Firefox in order to prevent crashes.

"Firefox 3.6 is another well executed release for Mozilla," writes Ryan Paul over at Ars Technica, "It builds on the improvements that arrived in 3.5 and adds some value for users and developers. Although it's not a particularly feature-heavy release, the general increase in responsiveness, JavaScript performance, and developer functionality make it a win for casual users, Internet enthusiasts, and Web programmers."

You can get Firefox 3.6 from the download page.

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