Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Sep 2011 19:45 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla has released Firefox 7. Unlike releases of Firefox 5 and Firefox 6 which were relatively minor upgrades to the browser, Firefox 7 includes a number of significant improvements, most important of which is probably the drastically reduced memory usage.
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Acid3 test
by unoengborg on Thu 29th Sep 2011 17:22 UTC
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2005-07-06

It looks like firefox now passes the acid3 test. Not that it matters much for real use. I can't remember any site that have looked bad in previous version either, but still nice that it now passes.

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RE: Acid3 test
by lemur2 on Thu 29th Sep 2011 23:35 in reply to "Acid3 test"
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2007-02-17

It looks like firefox now passes the acid3 test. Not that it matters much for real use. I can't remember any site that have looked bad in previous version either, but still nice that it now passes.


Actually, it was the acid3 test that changed. The part of the acid3 test that Friefox used to fail was SVG fonts. SVG fonts is basically broken. Chrome, Safari and Opera paid lip service to it anyway, and implemented just enough of SVG fonts to pass the acid3 check of it. Firefox and IE9 didn't do that.

What Microsoft and Mozilla actually did was come up with a better solution. They collaborated! The result was WOFF.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Open_Font_Format

"The format has received the backing of many of the main font foundries and has been supported by Firefox since version 3.6, by Google Chrome since version 6.0, and by Opera in version 11.10. Microsoft added full support for WOFF in the third platform preview of Internet Explorer 9, and Presto supports WOFF as of version 2.7.81. WebKit development builds support WOFF, and support for it has been announced on Mac OS X Lion's Safari."

Given the widespread support for WOFF and the fact that it is now in the process of becoming a W3C recommendation in its own right, SVG Fonts are effectively redundant. No longer required.

Since they are basically irrelevant, the people who wrote the acid3 tests removed the tests for SVG fonts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid3

"According to Mozilla employee Robert O'Callahan, Firefox does not support SVG fonts because Mozilla considers WOFF a superior alternative to SVG fonts. Another Mozilla engineer Boris Zbarsky claims that the subset of the specification implemented in Webkit and Opera gives no benefits to web authors or users over WOFF, and asserts that implementing SVG Fonts fully in a web browser is hard because it was "not designed with integration with HTML in mind".

"On September 17th, 2011, Ian Hickson announced an update to the Acid3 test. He claims that removing the parts of the test that check the implementation of features likely to be removed or heavily modified in future specifications will allow those specifications to change in the way they should, without regard to what Acid3 tests. As a result, the latest versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer achieved a score of 100/100 on Acid3."

Edited 2011-09-29 23:39 UTC

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