December 01, 2011

Firefox 8

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: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 05:45 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 The reload button is on the right of the address bar and changes its color.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 01, 2011 05:55 PM (G2mwb)

2 To be exact, it's the circular-shaped arrow next to the star in the address bar. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at December 01, 2011 06:46 PM (2YMZG)

3 You can have it back.

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)

4 IE9 does HTML5.

Posted by: RickC at December 01, 2011 07:46 PM (VKVOz)

5 Please tell me that F5 still works...

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)

8 All the browsers have been stripping down their user interfaces of late, and in the process have been removing little-used frippery like, oh, the status bar.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 02, 2011 12:29 AM (PiXy!)

9 I recently made the same upgrade, with a brief stop at 7.0.1.  Now, it might be that some of the config changes I made to make 3 stop doing annoying things like QUITTING when I closed the last tab carried over, but I'm reasonably pleased with 8.0.1.  (7 had one bit of odd behavior that disappeared in 8, but I can't remember it now)  It even has close X's on the last remaining tab.

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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