Firefox 23 adds network monitor, sharing features and removes blink tag

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 07 2013 @ 21:28 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Mozilla has introduced Firefox 23. This new release introduces a mixed content blocker, which prevents mixed use of HTTP content such as JavaScript, images and CSS on pages loaded over HTTPS, and introduces a share button that allows for easy sharing of websites on social networking sites like Facebook.

Other notable changes include a new network monitor feature for developers, as well as the removal of the blink HTML tag. This HTML tag was a non-standard element that was quite popular in the early days of the web but it's been dead for a long time. Internet Explorer never supported it and support for the blink tag was already removed from WebKit (Chrome/Safari).

Also worth mentioning is that it's now no longer possible to disable JavaScript from the Options window, this feature is now reserved for advanced users via the about:config page. Other than that, Firefox 23 has some other minor security updates, a bunch of bug fixes and a slighty changed new logo (pictured on the right).
NEW - Mixed content blocking enabled to protects users from man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdroppers on HTTPS pages (learn more)
NEW - Options panel created for Web Developer Toolbox

CHANGED - "Enable JavaScript" preference checkbox has been removed and user-set values will be reset to the default
CHANGED - Updated Firefox Logo
CHANGED - Improved about:memory's functional UI
CHANGED - Simplified interface for notifications of plugin installation
CHANGED - Enabled DXVA2 on Windows Vista+ to accelerate H.264 video decoding
CHANGED - Users can now switch to a new search provider across the entire browser
CHANGED - CSP policies using the standard syntax and semantics will now be enforced
CHANGED - < input type='file' > rendering improvements (see bug 838675)
CHANGED - Replace fixed-ratio audio resampler in capture code with Speex resampler and eliminate pseudo-44000Hz rate
CHANGED - "Load images automatically" and Always show the tab bar" checkboxes removed from preferences and reset to defaults

DEVELOPER - HTML5 < input type="range" > form control implemented
DEVELOPER - Write more accessible pages on touch interfaces with new ARIA role for key buttons
DEVELOPER - Social share functionality
DEVELOPER - Added unprefixed requestAnimationFrame
DEVELOPER - Implemented a global browser console
DEVELOPER - Dropped blink effect from text-decoration: blink; and completely removed < blink > element
DEVELOPER - New feature in toolbox: Network Monitor

FIXED- Various security fixes

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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