Recent Changes in Firefox

Album Cover: The Bends

"All your insides fall to pieces; you just sit there wishing you could still make love."
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Posted on August 11, 2004 4:07 PM in Browsers
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While playing around with a nightly build of Firefox today, I happened to notice some of the UI changes that have taken place in preparation for the long awaited 1.0 release. The feature that immediately caught my eye, Firefox's new popup blocking notification, is shown below:

New Popup Blocking Notification in Firefox Nightly Builds

As you can see, notification is now much more prominent, with a yellow bar appearing just above the rendering of the website you are visiting. Clicking on the bar brings up a dialog that allows you to perform different operations related to popup blocking.

Another thing I noticed is that the small icons that frequently appear in the status bar are now grouped together in 4 slots at the bottom right. At the time of writing, they include (in order) security status notification, popup notification (helpful when you've disabled the yellow bar), the stylesheet switcher, and the new Live Bookmarks manager for adding a site's feed to your bookmark collection. You can read more about the latter at redemption in a blog.

All in all the changes I see all seem to be for the better, so needless to say I'm really looking forward to the release of Firefox 1.0.

Comments

Arcanius on August 11, 2004 at 11:59 PM:

Hm, looks nice. Thanks for keeping me up to date :-)

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Bernie Zimmermann on August 12, 2004 at 7:32 PM:

I later realized (today, actually), that the new UI is basically a mirror image of what the new IE from SP2 does.

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