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Mozilla: Firefox 4 will be 'super-duper fast'

Next browser to include HTML5 and beyond

Mozilla plans to make the next version of its Firefox browser "super-duper fast" and enable the use of standard web technologies including HTML5 and beyond.

Mike Beltzner, Mozilla director of Firefox, said in a blog that another goal for Firefox 4 is empowering users to be in full control of their browser.

The plans, though, remain "fluid and are likely to change," Beltzner said.

"As with past releases, we use dates to set targets for milestones, and then we work together to track to those targets. We always judge each milestone release against our basic criteria of quality, performance, and usability, and we only ship when it's ready."

Plans call for performance optimisation and simplification, including fewer user interface controls. Users would be able to manage their relationships with websites via control over permissions.

Other improvements eyed include making it easier to find relevant add-ons and installing them without restart.

3D capabilities would be offered via WebGL, and animation of web content would be enabled via CSS Transitions and SMIL (Synchronised Multimedia Integration Language).

Developers would leverage remote JavaScript debugging and compatibility with the Firebug web development technology. 64bit support is also planned for Firefox 4.

A beta release is expected to be made available in early-July, with plans to ship the browser by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, the planned Firefox 3.7 release has been rebranded as Firefox 3.6.4, with improvements for handling out-of-process plug-ins.

These plug-ins had been causing crashes. Version 3.6.4 is due this month.

Like Mozilla, Microsoft plans to embrace HTML5 in its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser. IE9 also would support SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), something already backed in Firefox.

See also: Mozilla to patch Firefox 3.6 bug by end of month


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