Mozilla Contributes to GNOME Accessibility Work

October 28th, 2010

Editor’s Note: Today, the GNOME Foundation announced an additional $10,000 grant from Mozilla to support their important accessibility work. See the GNOME Foundation press release for full details. Included below is an excerpt from the release: Mozilla is helping to fund improvements in the Orca screen reader. The Mozilla Project has helped to identify performance…

HTML5, Using the whole PC: Sixth IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers

October 28th, 2010

We’ve had 10 million downloads in the six weeks since we released the IE9 beta. That popularity reflects the significant improvements in browsing that IE9 brings to the web. Users can pin sites directly to the Windows task bar, and sites can program jump lists and offer notifications just as Windows applications do. The web…

ECMAScript 5 Part 1: Reusable Code

October 28th, 2010

In June, we wrote about IE9’s support for ECMAScript 5 (ES5) and published a TestDrive demo to explore some of the features. With IE9 Beta available, it’s a good time to talk about how developers can use ES5 to improve their code. Many of the features in ES5 are designed to help developers working with…

MIME-Handling Changes in Internet Explorer

October 26th, 2010

Each type of file delivered from a web server has an associated MIME type (also called a “content-type”) that describes the nature of the content (e.g. image, text, application, etc). Back in Internet Explorer 8, we made a few changes to IE’s MIME-sniffing feature that attempts to determine the actual content-type for each downloaded resource….

A Tour of the Redesigned

October 25th, 2010

By now you’ve noticed that looks a little different! To understand why these design changes were made it may be helpful to read the redesign user experience research lead Leisa Reichelt’s post Why is it so? Some insights into our design strategy. Here’s what’s new on Homepage Last month had over 2…

Drupal 7.0 Beta 2 released

October 23rd, 2010

Update: Drupal 7.0 Beta 3 is available now! Our last Drupal 7 beta version was released about a month ago. Today, we’re proud to announce the release of the second (and possibly final!) beta version of Drupal 7.x for your further testing and feedback. The first alpha announcement provided a comprehensive list of improvements made…

The new Opera Installer

October 22nd, 2010

Hi, people. As most of you probably noticed by now, the windows version of the alpha released yesterday featured a brand new installer. I will provide you with an introduction to this new installer and explain some of the key differences with our previous installers.

Understanding the omnibox for better security

October 22nd, 2010

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a good time to learn more about how you can use your browser’s security indicators to stay safe online. One of the most important security indicators in Google Chrome is the “omnibox,” the spot where you enter web addresses: The first thing to notice about the Omnibox is that…

An Important piece of the puzzle

October 21st, 2010

Many of you were waiting for this day to come … Opera is one of the most customizable browsers in the world, with many powerful, built-in features, but that is not enough for us. Today we go a step further — we add another piece of the puzzle: Opera extensions! I am happy to share…

Testing sites with Browser Mode vs. Doc Mode

October 20th, 2010

With site developers verifying that their sites run well in IE9 and taking advantage of the new HTML5 capabilities and better performance in IE9’s Standards mode, now is a good time to recap how to use Browser Mode and Document Mode to test sites for IE9 and previous IE versions. In summary, developers can use…