Firefox 1.5 for developers

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Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 (Deer Park)

As the first release in the Firefox 1.5 product development cycle targeted at web developers and Extension authors for compatibility testing, Firefox 1.5 Beta 1, based on the Gecko 1.8 engine, improves already best in class standards support, and provides new capabilities to enable the next generation of web applications. Firefox 1.5 will feature improved support for CSS2 and CSS3, APIs for scriptable and programmable 2D graphics through SVG 1.1 and <canvas>, XForms and XML events, as well as many DHTML, JavaScript and DOM enhancements.

Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is available for download at: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/

Developer Tools

Several tools and browser extensions are available to help developers support Firefox 1.5.

  • DOM Inspector, a tool which allows inspection and modification of document without having to edit the document directly. DOM Inspector is available as part of the Custom install option in Firefox 1.5 Beta under Developer Tools.
  • JavaScript console, a tool to write and test JavaScript code as well as view JavaScript and CSS errors on a page.
  • View page source, with syntax highlighting and find features.
  • Browser extensions including the Web Developer toolbar, Live HTTP Headers, HTML Validator and many more.

Note: Some extensions, such as JavaScript Debugger (Venkman), do not currently support Firefox 1.5 Beta and will be automatically disabled.

Overview

Here are a few articles highlighting some of the new features in Firefox 1.5:

Web site and application developers

See What's New in Deer Park Alpha

SVG In HTML Introduction 
Learn how to use SVG in HTML pages and how JavaScript and CSS can be used to manipulate the picture in the same way you would script regular HTML.
Drawing Graphics with Canvas 
Learn about the new <canvas> tag and how to draw graphs and other objects in Firefox.
CSS3 Columns 
Learn about the new support for automatic multi-column text layout as proposed for CSS3.
Using Firefox 1.5 caching 
Learn about bfcache which speeds up back and forward navigation.

XUL and Extension Developers

Building an Extension 
This tutorial will take you through the steps required to build a very basic extension for Firefox. See also another tutorial on MozillaZine knowledge base, which demonstrates the new features of the Extension Manager in 1.5 that make creating a new extension even easier.
XPCNativeWrapper 
XPCNativeWrapper is a way to wrap up an object so that it's safe to access from privileged code. It can be used in all Firefox versions, though the behavior changed somewhat starting with Firefox 1.5 (Gecko 1.8).
Preferences System 
Learn about the new widgets that allow you to create Options windows easier using less JavaScript code.

New End user Features

User Experience

  • Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance.
  • Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs.
  • Answers.com is added to the search engine list. for dictionary lookup.
  • Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and "Safe Mode" experience.
  • Better accessibility support including DHTML accessibility.
  • Report a broken Web site wizard to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox.
  • Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer.

Security and Privacy

  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Firefox may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.
  • Improvements to popup blocking.
  • Clear Private Data feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.

Support for open Web standards

Firefox support for Web standards continues to lead the industry with consistent cross-platform implementations for:

Firefox 1.5 supports the following data transport protocols (HTTP, FTP, SSL, TLS), multilingual character data (Unicode), graphics (GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG) and the latest version of the world's most popular scripting language, JavaScript 1.6.

Changes since Firefox 1.0

Many changes have been introduced into Firefox since it was first released on November 9, 2004. Firefox has progressed with many new features and bug fixes. The Deer Park and Firefox release-notes are excellent sources of information about changes in each release of Firefox.

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</p>
<h3 name="Firefox_1.5_Beta_1_.28Deer_Park.29"> Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 (Deer Park) </h3>
<p>As the first release in the Firefox 1.5 product development cycle targeted at web developers and Extension authors for compatibility testing, <b>Firefox 1.5 Beta 1</b>, based on the <a href="en/Gecko">Gecko</a> 1.8 engine, improves already best in class standards support, and provides new capabilities to enable the next generation of web applications.  Firefox 1.5 will feature improved support for CSS2 and CSS3, APIs for scriptable and programmable 2D graphics through <a href="en/SVG">SVG</a> 1.1 and <code>&lt;canvas&gt;</code>, <a href="en/XForms">XForms</a> and XML events, as well as many DHTML, JavaScript and DOM enhancements.
</p><p><b>Firefox 1.5 Beta 1</b> is available for download at: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/
</p>
<h3 name="Developer_Tools"> Developer Tools </h3>
<p>Several tools and browser extensions are available to help developers support Firefox 1.5.
</p>
<ul><li> <a href="en/DOM_Inspector">DOM Inspector</a>, a tool which allows inspection and modification of document without having to edit the document directly.  DOM Inspector is available as part of the Custom install option in Firefox 1.5 Beta under Developer Tools.  
</li><li> JavaScript console, a tool to write and test JavaScript code as well as view JavaScript and CSS errors on a page.
</li><li> View page source, with syntax highlighting and find features.
</li><li> <a class="external" href="https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/showlist.php?application=firefox&amp;category=Developer%20Tools">Browser extensions</a> including the <a href="en/Web_Developer_Firefox_Extension_(external)">Web Developer toolbar</a>, <a href="en/Live_HTTP_Headers_(external)">Live HTTP Headers</a>, <a href="en/HTML_Validator_(external)">HTML Validator</a> and many more.
</li></ul>
<p><strong>Note:</strong> Some extensions, such as <a class="external" href="http://hacksrus.com/~ginda/venkman/">JavaScript Debugger (Venkman)</a>, do not currently support Firefox 1.5 Beta and will be automatically disabled.
</p>
<h3 name="Overview"> Overview </h3>
<p>Here are a few articles highlighting some of the new features in Firefox 1.5:
</p>
<h4 name="Web_site_and_application_developers"> Web site and application developers </h4>
<p><i>See <a href="en/What's_New_in_Deer_Park_Alpha">What's New in Deer Park Alpha</a></i>
</p>
<dl><dt> <a href="en/SVG_In_HTML_Introduction">SVG In HTML Introduction</a> </dt><dd> Learn how to use SVG in HTML pages and how JavaScript and CSS can be used to manipulate the picture in the same way you would script regular HTML.
</dd></dl>
<dl><dt> <a href="en/Drawing_Graphics_with_Canvas">Drawing Graphics with Canvas</a> </dt><dd> Learn about the new <code>&lt;canvas&gt;</code> tag  and how to draw graphs and other objects in Firefox.
</dd></dl>
<dl><dt> <a href="en/CSS3_Columns">CSS3 Columns</a> </dt><dd> Learn about the new support for automatic multi-column text layout as proposed for CSS3.
</dd></dl>
<dl><dt> <a href="en/Using_Firefox_1.5_caching">Using Firefox 1.5 caching</a> </dt><dd> Learn about <code>bfcache</code> which speeds up back and forward navigation.
</dd></dl>
<h4 name="XUL_and_Extension_Developers"> XUL and Extension Developers </h4>
<dl><dt> <a href="en/Building_an_Extension">Building an Extension</a> </dt><dd> This tutorial will take you through the steps required to build a very basic extension for Firefox. See also <a class="external" href="http://kb.mozillazine.org/Getting_started_with_extension_development">another tutorial on MozillaZine knowledge base</a>, which demonstrates the new features of the Extension Manager in 1.5 that make creating a new extension even easier.
</dd></dl>
<dl><dt> <a href="en/XPCNativeWrapper">XPCNativeWrapper</a> </dt><dd> <code>XPCNativeWrapper</code> is a way to wrap up an object so that it's <a href="en/Safely_accessing_content_DOM_from_chrome">safe to access from privileged code</a>.  It can be used in all Firefox versions, though the behavior changed somewhat starting with Firefox 1.5 (Gecko 1.8).
</dd></dl>
<dl><dt> <a href="en/Preferences_System">Preferences System</a> </dt><dd> Learn about the new widgets that allow you to create Options windows easier using less JavaScript code.
</dd></dl>
<h3 name="New_End_user_Features"> New End user Features </h3>
<h4 name="User_Experience"> User Experience </h4>
<ul>
<li><strong>Faster browser navigation</strong> with improvements to back and forward button performance.</li>
<li><strong>Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs.</strong></li>
<li><strong>Answers.com is added to the search engine list.</strong> for dictionary lookup.</li>
<li><strong>Improvements to product usability</strong> including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and "Safe Mode" experience.</li>
<li><strong>Better accessibility support</strong> including DHTML accessibility.</li>
<li><strong>Report a broken Web site wizard</strong> to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox.</li>
<li><strong>Better support for Mac OS X</strong> (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer.</li>
</ul>
<h4 name="Security_and_Privacy"> Security and Privacy </h4>
<ul>
<li><strong>Automated update</strong> to streamline product upgrades.  Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Firefox may now be half a megabyte or smaller.  Updating extensions has also improved.</li>
<li><strong>Improvements to popup blocking.</strong></li>
<li><strong>Clear Private Data</strong> feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.
</li></ul>
<h4 name="Support_for_open_Web_standards"> Support for open Web standards </h4>
<p>Firefox support for Web standards continues to lead the industry with consistent cross-platform implementations for:
</p>
<ul> 
  <li>Hypertext Markup Language (<a href="en/HTML">HTML</a>) and Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (<a href="en/XHTML">XHTML</a>): <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/">HTML 4.01</a> and <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/">XHTML 1.0/1.1</a></li> 
  <li>Cascade Style Sheets (<a href="en/CSS">CSS</a>): <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS1">CSS Level 1</a>, <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2">CSS Level 2</a> and parts of <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/current-work.html">CSS Level 3</a></li> 
  <li>Document Object Model (<a href="en/DOM">DOM</a>): <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/2000/WD-DOM-Level-1-20000929/">DOM Level 1</a>, <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/DOM/DOMTR#dom2">DOM Level 2</a> and parts of <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/DOM/DOMTR#dom3">DOM Level 3</a></li>
  <li>Mathematical Markup Language: <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/Math/">MathML Version 2.0</a></li> 
  <li>Extensible Markup Language (<a href="en/XML">XML</a>): <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml">XML 1.0</a>, <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml-names/">Namespaces in XML</a>, <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/xml-stylesheet/">Associating Style Sheets with XML Documents 1.0</a>, <a class="external" href="http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-xml-linking-comments/2001AprJ%20un/att-0074/01-NOTE-FIXptr-20010425.htm">Fragment Identifier for XML</a></li> 
  <li>XSL Transformations (<a href="en/XSLT">XSLT</a>): <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt">XSLT 1.0</a></li> 
  <li>XML Path Language (<a href="en/XPath">XPath</a>): <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath">XPath 1.0</a></li> 
  <li>Resource Description Framework (<a href="en/RDF">RDF</a>): <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/RDF/">RDF</a></li>
  <li>Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP): <a class="external" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/SOAP/%20">SOAP 1.1</a></li> 
  <li>ECMA-262, revision 3 (<a href="en/JavaScript">JavaScript</a> 1.5): <a class="external" href="http://www.ecma-international.org/publications/standards/Ecma-262.htm">ECMA-262</a></li> 
</ul>
<p>Firefox 1.5 supports the following data transport protocols (HTTP, FTP, SSL, TLS), multilingual character data (Unicode), graphics (GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG) and the latest version of the world's most popular scripting language, <a href="en/New_in_JavaScript_1.6">JavaScript 1.6</a>.
</p>
<h3 name="Changes_since_Firefox_1.0"> Changes since Firefox 1.0 </h3>
<p>Many changes have been introduced into Firefox since it was first released on November 9, 2004. Firefox has progressed with many new features and bug fixes. The Deer Park and Firefox release-notes are excellent sources of information about changes in each release of Firefox.
</p>
<ul><li> <a class="external" href="http://www.squarefree.com/burningedge/releases/1.5b1.html">What's new in Firefox 1.5 Beta 1</a>
</li><li> <a class="external" href="http://www.squarefree.com/burningedge/releases/1.5a2.html">What's new in Deer Park Alpha 2</a>
</li><li> <a class="external" href="http://www.squarefree.com/burningedge/releases/1.5a1.html">What's new in Deer Park Alpha 1</a>
</li></ul>
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