Chris Walton

Firefox 5 is here

Mozilla have released the next step forward in the Firefox browser, version 5 comes only two months since Firefox 4 in April.

Some of the new and improved features in Firefox 5:

  • Better standards support for HTML5, CSS3, MathML, XHR and SMIL
  • Better visibility for the Do not track header preference
  • Stability and security improvements
  • Better tuned HTTP idle connection logic
  • Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance
  • Improved spell checking for some locales
  • Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users
  • Better WebGL security (WebGL content can no longer load cross-domain textures)
  • Background tabs have setTimeout and setInterval clamped to 1000┬áms to improve performance

The use of the ‘Do not track’ setting so users can ‘opt out’ of websites being able to track their movements with both the EU and the US discussing users web rights. It does make you wonder how SEO boffins will respond to sites they work on no longer pulling in accurate information on who visits.