Firefox 28 for developers

Firefox 28 was released on March 18, 2014. This article lists key changes that are useful not only for web developers, but also Firefox and Gecko developers as well as add-on developers.

Changes for Web developers

Developer Tools

  • The console.exception property has been added (Firefox bug 922214).
  • The console.assert() property has been added (Firefox bug 760193).
  • App Manager: a new Manifest Editor was added.
  • App Manager: the toolbox used for debugging apps is now embedded in the app manager UI.
  • Web Console: added a "split console" mode - press Escape to quickly open the console in any other tool.
  • Web Console: added a dark theme for the output.
  • Debugger: pretty-print minified JavaScript.
  • Debugger: hover over any variable or click on it to bring up a pop-up that displays the current value.
  • Inspector: added a color picker in rules view and various tooltips.
  • Browser Toolbox: allows add-on and platform developers to use almost all of the developer tools while targeting the browser itself.

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  • <input type=color> and <input type=number> have been implemented, disabled by default.





No change.



  • Support of SPDY/2 has been removed.

Changes for add-ons and Mozilla developers

  • The interface of DeferredTask.jsm has been changed, and the isPending(), start(), flush(), and cancel() methods have been removed (Firefox bug 940408).


  • CSP was not enforced in sandboxed iframes. This has been fixed (Firefox bug 886164).
  • The CSP 1.1 experimental script-nonce directive has been implemented. The preference security.csp.experimentalEnabled should be set to true to enable this functionality (Firefox bug 855326).

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