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  1. By Marius Nestor In 2016 Mozilla launched an important redesign of Firefox, the goal to deny both the impact of the browser in the light of competition, including Chrome. This project came about with the release of Firefox Quantum (version 57) at the end of 2017. Highly appreciated by the users and the specialized press, Firefox Quantum would have allowed the free and free browser to return to the foreground of the scene. That's right, we're talking here about Firefox 65, the next major release of the popular open-source web browser used by millions of computer and mobile users worldwide. With the Firefox 65 release, Mozilla adds support for the WebP image format for all platforms, the ability to change the UI's display language in the Options page, as well as AV1 video codec support for Window users. macOS users would be happy to learn that with the Firefox 65 release they'll be able to continue browsing from their iPhone or iPad devices on their Macs as this release supports the Handoff feature. There's also good news for Linux users as they will finally be able to switch tabs by scrolling in the tab bar. Also, Windows users can now install Firefox using an MSI installer. Firefox 65 brings enhanced security for Linux, Android, and macOS To help ensure the security of our digital lives, Mozilla is adding an extra layer of security to the Linux, Android, and macOS platforms by implementing an enhanced stack smashing protection in Firefox 65, which will be enabled by default for all users. Additionally, Firefox 65 comes with an updated Content Blocking section in the Privacy & Security panel and much simpler blocking options in Control Center's Options page. Among other noteworthy improvements coming to the Firefox 65 web browser, we can mention the ability to set Firefox to warn you when closing the window even if it's configured to automatically restore the last browsing session on the next launch, as well as support for reporting the memory usage for each resource in the updated Task Manager page that's accessible if you type about:performance in the address bar. The Firefox 65 release also comes with some new features and improvements for web developers, such as a new Flexbox inspector tool capable of detecting and highlighting Flexbox containers and debug the size of Flex items, support for the Storage Access API on all supported desktop platforms, as well as the ability to track all CSS changes made in the Rules panel via the new Changes tab. The final Mozilla Firefox 65 release is expected to hit the streets for all supported platforms, including Linux, Android, Windows, and macOS, at the end of the month, on January 29th. As usual, it will be a free, incremental OTA (Over-the-Air) update for all users, but if you can't wait until then, you can try out the latest beta version for Linux, Mac, and Windows right now . Source
  2. Mozilla is bringing support for Google's WebP image format to Firefox 65. The WebP image format was created by Google as a modern format designed for displaying images on the web. "WebP lossless images are 26% smaller in size compared to PNGs. WebP lossy images are 25-34% smaller than comparable JPEG images at equivalent SSIM quality index." states Google. Popular browsers such as Chrome, Opera, and Edge already support the WebP image format and with the release of version 65, Firefox will as well. Unfortunately, even with Firefox 65, WebP support is not currently enabled by default as can be seen when you go to Google's WebP gallery. WebP not enabled in Firefox 65 To enable WebP support in Firefox, you need to go to the about:config page and set the image.webp.enabled setting to true using the following instructions. In the Firefox address bar enter about:config and press enter. A page will open stating that "This might void your warranty!". Click on the "I accept the risk!" button. 3. To enable WebP, search for webp and when the image.webp.enabled setting appears, double-click on it to set its value to true. Once WebP is enabled, Firefox will be able to properly render WebP images as shown below. While the decision to use the WebP image format is dependent on the particular image, one thing is clear; the more image formats that a browser supports is only better for the end user. Source
  3. Mozilla, makers of Firefox and other things, is working on bringing support for the webp format to the Firefox web browser. WebP is an image format developed by Google (based on tech by a company Google acquired) that offers lossy and lossless compression. Google designed the format as an alternative to the aging jpeg image format promising smaller file sizes without reductions in image quality. The company continued to work on WebP, and creates a lossless version that it would pit against the equally popular png format. Google uses WebP on many of its properties. The use of the format may speed up the loading time of Google Play and other properties due to the smaller file sizes of images displayed on these properties. The products use fallback mechanisms to display png or jpg images if a browser is used that does not support WebP. Firefox and WebP Mozilla did not want to implement WebP when it first came out, but seems to have changed its stance on the format since then. A recent bug report on Bugzilla indicates that the company is adding WebP support to Firefox. It is unclear right now if WebP support will be available to all platforms, and when it is going to be released. It is clear from the list of attachments that WebP will be supported by Firefox for Android at the very least. Plans are to implement WebP decoding but have the feature disabled at first. The preference image.webp.enabled is set to false by default which means that WebP format is not turned on in the browser. Users need to enable it manually to turn it on. Before you load about:config to make the change, the preference has not landed yet in any Firefox channel, not even Nightly. Once it does, you may do the following to enable it: Type about:config in Firefox's address bar and hit enter. Confirm you will be careful. Search for image.webp.enabled. Double-click on the preference. This sets the preference to true which means that it is enabled in Firefox. I suggest you test the implementation on Google's Web Developer WebP gallery. Check if the images listed as WebP are indeed in that format, or provided as PNG instead. If the former is the case, WebP is enabled and working correctly. You are probably wondering what happened to Daala? Daala is an ambitious project by Mozilla and partners to create a next generation image and video codec. Daala is not ready yet and won't be for some time. It is unclear whether this played any role in Mozilla deciding to implement WebP. Article source
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