Beta 1 is out. Hurray!
I’ve been working on Firefox 3 stuff for over two and a half years now. Back in March 2005, after GDC, I started to put together what would become the new graphics API in Gecko (“Thebes”). Ignoring the alphas, this is the first real release that includes the graphics, text, fonts, memory, and performance work that I’ve done for the last while. Things are coming together well.
There are plenty of new features, but I’ll admit I’m pretty excited about two core platform things:
- Vastly improved font selection and complex script support.
– I’ll be going in to more detail than you probably wanted to know on the improvements here soon.
- Color profile support for images and CSS colors
– This is disabled by default currently. We still need to add prefs for it. Set gfx.color_management.enabled to true in about:config and restart the browser to enable.
Both of these are fairly subtle improvements but should both make a big improvement to large sets of people.
While I’m really excited about this milestone, I think the memory work currently going on will make the next couple betas that much better.