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Firefox 24 site compatibility page

recent changes that might affect web site operations



10:07 pm on Sep 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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FF 24 was released on Sept 17. I am finally back on the WWW, and found this Mozilla page that might hold items of interest for some of you.

[developer.mozilla.org ]

This page lists all the changes made in FF 24 that the developers feel might effect the way a web site operates in this most recent FF release.

I don't even know what most of this code is, but i figure many on this forum will, and find these notifications of use.

I did notice that support for the Sherlock search plugin has been dropped. I just found out what one is this year, after discovering the Mycroft project :) I guess it is a bit old fashioned. But there is a Mozilla page that has this statement:
Firefox allows JavaScript code to install search engine plugins, and supports two search engine plugin formats: OpenSearch, and Sherlock.

[developer.mozilla.org ]
And I already know that OpenSearch is the modern one. The rest of the stuff on the FF 24 page is gobbledygook to me, and you are on your own.


3:27 pm on Sep 25, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Welcome back commanderW!

I heard that support for the plug-in is going to be deactivated by default in newer versions.


12:56 am on Sep 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Yes 'Engine', loading of the Sherlock plugin from disk has already been disabled in FF 24. The pertinent section in the first link above also states that further steps to remove support are coming.
[developer.mozilla.org ]
It is probably only important to older websites, if any.

I forgot to mention in the original post that:
Firefox Extended Support Release 24 has also been launched.
[mozilla.org ]
According to what I have read, it should be identical to the standard FF 24.
But it will not update again until Firefox ESR 31, with only security updates till the standard desktop FF works its way up to 31 over the next year.

Designated for slow moving organizations.

I am not really organized, but I have achieved a very successful workflow and configuration with FF ESR 17 and approx 70 add-ons ;O)

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