Firefox 3.1 beta 3

The award-winning Web browser is better than ever. Browse the Web with confidence. Firefox protects you from viruses, spyware and pop-ups. Enjoy improvements to performance, ease of use and privacy. It's easy to import your favorites and settings and get started. The latest version delivers easier navigation for everyone, including those who are visually or motor-impaired. Firefox is the first browser to support DHTML accessibility, which, when enabled by Web authors, allows rich Web applications to be read aloud. Users may navigate with keystrokes rather than mouse clicks, reducing the tabbing required to navigate documents such as spreadsheets. Firefox is also the first browser to meet US federal government requirements that software be easily accessible to users with physical impairments.

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Download: Firefox 3.1 beta 3
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skynetXrules said,
i wander what well happen to minefield 3.2pre

switch it to 3.5b4-pre ?

It really should but it won't it'll become 4.0

In beta 2 Fx would lock up whenever I was browsing a newsgroup in easynews. No problem, I'd just end the task, and I'd gotten in the habit of using Chrome for browsing easynews. With beta 3, well... it still locks up, but now it causes a BSOD when I try to close it. I just reverted to 3.07 till they sort this **** out. I can't imagine how a page with nothing but text and http links should ever crash a browser.

Darrian said,
In beta 2 Fx would lock up whenever I was browsing a newsgroup in easynews. No problem, I'd just end the task, and I'd gotten in the habit of using Chrome for browsing easynews. With beta 3, well... it still locks up, but now it causes a BSOD when I try to close it. I just reverted to 3.07 till they sort this **** out. I can't imagine how a page with nothing but text and http links should ever crash a browser.

I hope you filed a bug. Otherwise, you can't be sure the developers know!

OMG have I been under a rock or something I didn't realise there was another version coming out, crumbs is this because of IE8 being realeased next week...?

EVANK said,
OMG have I been under a rock or something I didn't realise there was another version coming out, crumbs is this because of IE8 being realeased next week...?

Nah, there just hasn't been as much hype about it, especially because it is taking longer than previous releases. FWIW, Fx 3.1 Beta N will be Fx 3.5 when the final product is finally released though (it's worthy of it apparently, but the beta version numbers won't match up; it'll be confusing for a bit I think). Anyway, that's that... :P

I thought it was supposed to be changed to 3.5 instead of 3.1? is this going to happen only when they release the final version?

Firefox is also the first browser to meet US federal government requirements that software be easily accessible to users with physical impairments.

Opera doesn't meet this requirement? :O
Just the idea shocks me despite being a full-time Firefox user (except for Windows updates and Web development). I mean, WOW ("the WOW is now" ;)). I really must wonder if that claim is actually true. If it is...again...WOW! Congratulations, Mozilla!

Opera is terrible at accessibility. It has improved lots, but there is so much that can't be accessed though just the keyboard.

Do you work with people who use these accessiblity features you speak off?

Opera has heaps of default hotkey. It also allow you to create hotkey for any of its function. It (probably) pioneered the whole page zoom and zoom up to x1000. It got 1 hotkey author mode for higher contrast reading on badly made page.

How is all that terrible?

Jaron said,
Do you work with people who use these accessiblity features you speak off?

Opera has heaps of default hotkey. It also allow you to create hotkey for any of its function. It (probably) pioneered the whole page zoom and zoom up to x1000. It got 1 hotkey author mode for higher contrast reading on badly made page.

How is all that terrible?


Oh, that's not terrible, but it's rather painstaking to find out how to do something that way. It took me more than five minutes to figure out how to configure Ctrl+Shift+Enter on the address bar to prepend "www." and append ".org", much like Ctrl+Enter does "www." and ".com" (not really accessibility-related, but you spoke of hotkeys). Once configured properly, it can be very accessible. However, it isn't all that great by default.

Anyway, who wants to memorise 100 hotkeys just for a single app? :P

ambiance said,
Yeah, the add a new tab icon is ugly and unnecessary.

That is true. But for end-users who make the shift from IE, it makes perfect sense

Owenw said,
That is true. But for end-users who make the shift from IE, it makes perfect sense

This is true. I just wish I could remove it without an extension.

ambiance said,
This is true. I just wish I could remove it without an extension.

You can. Add this line to your userchrome.css
.tabs-newtab-button {display: none !important;}


That's only for the Win32 version.

*wonders why everybody is so specific*

Not that anybody cares, but eventually the beta download page for all available localisations will be updated.

In the meantime, find your localisation and OS and copy the link location; paste the URL into the Awesome Bar and change "3.1b2" to "3.1b3" in the URL. BAM! You are on your way to downloading Firefox 3.1b3. ^_^