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

Posted on Wednesday, August 07 2013 @ 21:28:14 CEST by

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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 webrtc.org 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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