Firefox 54 for developers
Firefox 54 was released on June 13, 2017. This article lists key changes that are useful for web developers.
clip-pathnow supports basic shapes (bug 1247229).
- Firefox's implementations of CSS Flexbox and CSS alignment now implement updated spec language for interactions between the properties
align-selfas well as between
<input>elements of types
: none;set on them are now non-replaced elements, for compatibility with other browsers (bug 605985).
- Previously, an element styled with
inline-blockwith a child element of type
display:blockhad a wrong baseline (bug 1330962). This is now fixed.
- When Mozilla introduced dedicated content threads to Firefox (through the Electrolysis or e10s project), support for styling
<option>elements was removed temporarily. Starting in Firefox 54, you can apply foreground and background colors to
<option>elements again, using the
background-colorattributes. See bug 910022 for more information. Note that this is still disabled in Linux due to lack of contrast (see bug 1338283 for progress on this).
- CSS Animations now send the
animationcancelevent as expected when an animation aborts prematurely (bug 1302648).
- Transparent colors (i.e. those with an alpha channel of 0) were being serialized to the
transparentcolor keyword in certain situations; this has been fixed so that Firefox follows the spec (as well as other browsers' implementations). See (bug 1339394 for further information.
- The proprietary
:-moz-table-border-nonzeropseudo-class is no longer available to web content; it is now restricted to Firefox's internal UA stylesheet (bug 1341925).
- [css-grid] Intrinsic content with overflow:auto overlaps in grid (bug 1348857).
- [css-grid] Transferred min-size contribution of percentage size grid item with an intrinsic ratio (bug 1349320).
"i"(case insensitive) flags now treat U+017F (LATIN SMALL LETTER LONG S) and U+212A (KELVIN SIGN) as word characters (bug 1338373).
DataViewconstructor now throws a
byteOffsetparameter is out of
Number.MAX_SAFE_INTEGER(>= 2 ** 53) (bug 1317382).
Date.UTC()method has been updated to conform to ECMAScript 2017 when fewer than two arguments are provided (bug 1050755).
Function.prototype.toString()method has been updated to match the latest proposed specification (bug 1317400).
URL.toJSON()method has been implemented (bug 1337702).
URLSearchParams()constructor now accepts a record containing strings as an init object (bug 1331580).
- Values returned in
KeyboardEvent.keyfor printable keys when the control key is also pressed have been corrected on macOS (except when the Command key is pressed) (bug 1342865).
dom.workers.latestJSVersionpreference, which was mainly implemented to work around problems using
letin workers (due to bug 855665, which has since been fixed) has been removed (see bug 1219523).
event.timeStampproperty now returns a high-resolution monotonic time (
DOMHighResTimeStamp) instead of an epoch time (
WorkerGlobalScope.closeis now available on
SharedWorkerGlobalScopeinstead. This change was made to stop
close()being available on service workers, as it isn't supposed to be used there and always throws an exception when called (see bug 1336043).
originproperty has been implemented (see bug 1306170).
Client.typeproperty has been implemented (see bug 1339844).
Clientobjects in most recently focused order (see bug 1266747).
- Some changes have been made to the observed behavior when the
Request()constructor is passed an existing
Requestobject instance to make a new instance. The following new behaviors are designed to retain security while making the constructor less likely to throw exceptions:
- 5.1 surround sound playback is now enabled by default on Windows, macOS, and Linux (bug 1334508, bug 1321502, and bug 1323659).
Media Capture and Streams API
- Usage of a
MediaStreamobject as the input parameter to
URL.createObjectURL()has been deprecated — the console will now show a warning (see bug 1334564). You are advised to use
Web Audio API
- The method
AnalyserNode.getFloatFrequencyData()now correctly represents silent samples in the returned buffer with the value
AudioParam.setValueCurveAtTime()now throws a
TypeErrorexception if any of the specified values aren't finite (bug 1308437).
Encrypted MediaExtensions API
MediaKeySession.keySystemstring has been removed from the specification, and as such we've taken it out of Firefox 54 (bug 1335555).
- Support has been added for the VP9 codec in encrypted streams using Clear Key and Widevine (bug 1338064).
- Previously, MSE was only allowed to use WebM/VP8 video if the system was considered "fast enough." Now playback of VP8-encoded
webm/videomedia is always supported, regardless of system performance.
- TCP ICE candidate support, originally added in Firefox 41, is now enabled by default. This allows the ICE layer to consider candidates that use TCP rather than the preferred UDP for transmission. This can be useful in environments in which UDP is blocked (bug 1176382). This blog post explains the feature in more details.
- HTTP/1 Pipelining support has been removed in Firefox 54. Maintaining it as we make the move into a new world full of HTTP/2 and other substantial, standardized improvements to networking performance is not worthwhile given pipelining's compatibility and performance issues. The
network.http.pipeliningpreference (as well as the other preferences that start with "network.http.pipelining") is now ignored. See bug 1340655 for further information.
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