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Firefox 15 shipped on August 28, 2012. This article lists key changes that are useful for not only Web developers to know about, but also Firefox and Gecko developers as well as add-on developers.
Changes for Web developers
sizeattribute of the
<font>element is now handled according to the HTML5 specification. It means that all integer values greater than 10 or less than -10 are now considered equivalent to 10 and -10, respectively.
- Support for
point-sizeattributes on the
<font>element has been removed; these were non-standard and Gecko was the only engine that supported them.
- The Opus codec is now supported for audio in Ogg containers for the HTML
<source>element now supports the
<video>elements now support the played attribute, which provides a
TimeRangesobject listing the time ranges of the media that have been played back so far.
font-feature-settingsproperty has been updated to the latest syntax:
font-feature-settings: "lnum" 1;
- The CSS
text-transformproperty has been extended to correctly handle Unicode ligature characters (like
- The CSS
word-breakproperty has been implemented.
border-imageproperty has been updated to match the latest Specification and properties have been unprefixed. (bug 713643)
transformfunction dropped in Firefox 14 has been restored due to existing site compatibility. Authors are however, advised to use
skewY() functions instead.
- The value
unicode-bidiproperty now applies to inline elements too. (bug 746987).
- The DOM Events Level 3 methods
MouseEvent.getModifierState(), which let you query the state of modifier keys, like
Shift, have been implemented (bugs 630811 and 731878). But the behavior conforms to the latest D3E draft. So, some modifier key names are different from IE (bug 769190).
- On mouse events, support for querying the state of the mouse buttons using the
MouseEvent.buttonsattribute, has been implemented.
- On keyboard events, support for querying the key location (standard, left or right of modifier key, in the Numpad) using the KeyboardEvent.location attribute, has been implemented (bug 166240).
- KeyboardEvent.keycode result has been computed from better rules which were almost same on Windows/Linux/Mac. And now they are available on some keyboard layouts which are not ASCII capable layouts on Linux and Mac, such as Arabic, Cyrillic, Thai and so on. See the document for virtual key codes.
range.detach()method has been transformed in a no-op and will probably be removed in the future.
- The method
HTMLVideoElement.mozHasAudio()has been implemented. It indicates if there is an audio track associated to a given video element. (bug 480376)
PerformanceAPI has a new method,
now(), supporting high resolution timers of type
DOMHighResTimeStamp. (bug 539095).
- The WebSMS API has been updated and now supports a
readattribute indicating whether an SMS text message is read or unread.
- The FileHandle API has been implemented.
Blobconstructor now takes
ArrayBufferViewas a member of
blobPartsparameter in addition to
ArrayBuffer. (bug 752402)
DeviceLightEventspecified in the Ambient Light Events Working Draft has been implemented.
UserProximityEventProximity Events have been implemented.
lastModifiedDateproperty has been implemented. (bug 673586)
- Support for the
DataViewinterface from the Typed Arrays specification has been added. This provides low-level access to the data contained in an
- Support for new ECMAScript 6 built-ins:
Number.isFinite()has been added. (bug 749818, bug 761495, bug 761480).
- Support for ECMAScript 6 default parameters has been added. (bug 757676).
- Support for ECMAScript 6 rest parameters has been added. (bug 574132).
- Support for the
WEBGL_compressed_texture_s3tcextension has been added. Compressed textures reduce the amount of memory needed to store a texture on the GPU, allowing for higher resolution textures or more of the same resolution textures.
- Mathematical operators can now use downloadable fonts specified with
@font-face. This makes the MathML-fonts add-on work with stretchy operators too.
selectionattribute of the
<maction>is now only taken into account with the
- Deprecated namedspace binding has been removed (bug 673759).
- Supported syntax for Length and
<mpadded>values have been made closer to the one specified in MathML3 spec.
- New MathML mirrorable operators for Arabic math have been added to the operator dictionary (bug 757125).
- Support for the SPDY v3 protocol has landed. It is disabled by default and can be enabled by setting the preference
network.http.spdy.enabled.v3to true. (bug 737470)
Changes for add-on and Mozilla developers
sendKeyEvent()supports all modifier keys which are supported by
MODIFIER_*values. And now the 5th parameter of
sendKeyEvent()is changed from
unsigned long. For backward compatibility, if caller passes
falseto it, the behavior isn't changed. This change allows callers to specify the key's location.
hidePage()method was never implemented, and has been removed entirely in this release. The
addPageWithDetails()method has also been removed as part of the ongoing work to make all Places APIs asynchronous; use
mozIAsyncHistory.updatePlaces()instead. Also, the
countattribute was removed; it had not returned an actual count in some time (instead, it was simply indicating whether or not any entries existed). You can use
inlDOMUtils.parseStyleSheet()method has been added and allows the (re-)parsing of Cascading Style Sheets.
nsIINIParserWriter.writeFile()method now accepts a
flagsproperty. This currently offers only one option: you can now tell it to write the file in UTF-16 format instead of UTF-8, for better compatibility with Windows and certain installers.
- Provides a way to hint to the networking layer that you are likely to ask to open a connection to a given URI sometime in the near future. This lets the network layer begin the sometimes high-latency process of opening a new network connection ahead of time.
The following interfaces have been removed.
- Firefox 14 for developers
- Firefox 13 for developers
- Firefox 12 for developers
- Firefox 11 for developers
- Firefox 10 for developers
- Firefox 9 for developers
- Firefox 8 for developers
- Firefox 7 for developers
- Firefox 6 for developers
- Firefox 5 for developers
- Firefox 4 for developers
- Firefox 3.6 for developers
- Firefox 3.5 for developers
- Firefox 3 for developers
- Firefox 2 for developers
- Firefox 1.5 for developers