December 01, 2011
A couple of days ago I upgraded from FireFox 3.6 to FireFox 8, the latest version. Why?
Well, one of my Flash programs got an upgrade and claimed to be able to read in a flash and convert it to HTML5. So I tried it, but the resulting file didn't look like anything when displayed in IE8 or FF3.6. "Aha!", I said. "They don't understand HTML5 I bet."
So I upgraded to the latest, greatest FireFox. And how did the file look? Pretty much the same, which is to say, I couldn't see anything. Oh, well.
FireFox 8 has a very peculiar absence: there isn't any "reload" button on the command bar. You can right-click in the page and select "reload" from the context menu, but no button. I have no idea why they got rid of it.
Aside from that, so far not really too much in the way of comments. They completely redesigned the structure of the menus and things like that, so I have to hunt a bit to find the "clear the cache" function.
The Cache display has been improved, a bit. It still isn't what I'd like. I wish it would look like a directory display, allowing me to sort by filename or filetype, or even just by size, but you can't sort at all. But they did make the file entries smaller, so more of them fit on the screen. That's a small win. (Almost infinitesimal, but it's a win.)
But I'll be damned if I can understand any reason for getting rid of the reload button. Sheesh.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 01, 2011 05:55 PM (G2mwb)
Posted by: Wonderduck at December 01, 2011 06:46 PM (2YMZG)
In the address bar line, but not above the address bar, rightclick, then select Customize... Grab the reload button there and drag it wherever you want it to be.
Posted by: vilmos at December 01, 2011 06:49 PM (i+QUW)
Posted by: RickC at December 01, 2011 07:46 PM (VKVOz)
Posted by: BigD at December 01, 2011 08:24 PM (u0/7E)
Vilmos, no, there isn't anything you can drag like that. I looked.
But Wonderduck and Pete are right: it's there, but I missed it.
As to IE9... kowai.
Oh, well, maybe I should try it.
BigD, yes, it works. But I never used that; I didn't even know about it.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 01, 2011 08:31 PM (+rSRq)
Actually (blush) I already have IE9. I've been using it for quite a while. Sorry, senior moment.
Anyway, the supposed HTML5 file didn't display properly, so I can only assume that the program that generated it is broken. I looked at the source and it looked halfway reasonable, but I don't know anything about HTML5 so I can't tell it it was wrong.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 01, 2011 08:41 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 02, 2011 12:29 AM (PiXy!)
I like the slight gain in real estate from the status bar at the bottom giving way to status messages that only show when needed at the bottom.
The only thing that really throws me off is that the context menu swapped Open in new Window and Tab. But really, there must be a lot different under the hood, because for the most part, it's the same model with a slightly different view.
Posted by: Mauser at December 02, 2011 01:46 AM (cZPoz)
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Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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