Firefox 2 is out. Instead of blogging about it, I’ve been happily enjoying it. Rooster nicely summarized my opinion of the changes (geeks of a feather think together). They can be summarized as:
- Session Saver can restore browser with same web pages that were open before (this used to be one of the most useful extensions, now it’s part of the browser)
- Better RSS integration (2007 will be the Year of RSS now that all major browsers support it in a nice and clean manner)
- An amazing built-in spell checker for all forms. Sure, I had the Google toolbar spell check but I never remembered to hit it. Whenever I enter words in a form (including the WP post editor) they are underlined with red if there’s an error. Now all I need is an extension for synchronizing my Firefox dictionary across multiple machines.
Read more to find out the bad.
- Closing tabs now requires clicking on the X in the tab, instead of an X on the right. Of course, you could just get in the habit of using Ctrl-W to close a tab.
- Accessibility keys interfering with java functionality. For example, Alt-V should bring up the advanced post editor on wordpress.com, but instead it is bring up the View toolbar menu. Alt-Shift-V works the way Alt-V used to.
Good news: there is a simple config tweak to restore tab functionality to the way it worked in Firefox 1.5. Got to love “old fogey” hacks… expect to see an embedded video of me with a broom yelling “Get off my blog, damn kids!” any minute now.
Fx 2 only: Another tab interface change in Firefox 2 is the addition of a close button on each individual tab. I happen to love this, but some hate it, saying it causes them to accidentally close a tab when just trying to switch to it. If you’re a hater, revert to the Firefox 1.5 behavior by changing the browser.tabs.closeButtons value to 3. This will not display close tabs on individual tabs, and turn on a single close tab at the right end of the tab bar.
Lifehacker has a really nice list of other Firefox config tweaks such as ALWAYS storing sessions when closing the browser (I believe it even keeps form data).
UPDATED 2006/11/02: a neat trick for reducing the Firefox menu bar to increase screen real estate.
UPDATED 2006/11/04: Accidentally closed a tab? Bring it back Shift+Ctrl+T
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