New and Improved

September 26th, 2006  |  Published in etc  |  4 Comments

Firefox 2.0 RC1 went live today, and I have little of note to say except that, on a Mac, it looks more Mac-like, uses actual Cocoa/Emacs/readline keybindings without any unseemly fiddling, and breaks most extensions (but there’s a helpful extension for that).

The built-in spell-checker is nice to have, too.

Is it possible that it’s snappier? It’s a little too slow to enjoy on my G3 iBook, but very nice on the Intel iMac.

That report up there says there’s a fix for the so-called “tab overflow” issue, but it’s not the one I’d pick. I don’t tend to have more than 15 or so tabs open at once, so just tightening their width down a bit and adding a row of tabs would suit me. Maybe there’s a hidden pref for that.


  1. Phil Ringnalda says:

    September 26th, 2006 at 11:20 pm (#)

    Hidden prefs? Perish the thought!

    Oh, okay: browser.tabs.tabClipWidth and browser.tabs.tabMinWidth

    And if you’re going to ignore extension compatibility, you might as well just set extensions.checkCompatibility to false, rather than throwing another extension into the mix to do it.

  2. mph says:

    September 27th, 2006 at 7:24 am (#)

    Thanks, Phil, but those prefs aren\’t what I was after. The way I used to have things was with this bit in my userChrome.css:

    \#bookmarks-ptf {display:block} \#bookmarks-ptf toolbarseparator {display:inline}

    But that doesn\’t seem to work anymore. I mean, I still do have that bit in my userChrome.css and it isn\’t working. It seems to be overridden by the side-scrolly arrow behavior that\’s the \”fix.\”

    I am happy to know, however, how to risk exploding my browser without having to have an extension to do it. So rock.

  3. Phil Ringnalda says:

    September 27th, 2006 at 9:20 pm (#)

    Ah, multirow tabs, I missed that part.

    That userChrome is for a multirow bookmarks toolbar, though I wouldn’t be surprised if there was something similar for tabs, and wouldn’t be surprised if it’s now broken, since the new layout in an arrowscrollbox is, well, a bit more intricate. I’ve been trying to touch it as little as possible, myself.

  4. mph says:

    September 28th, 2006 at 6:50 am (#)



    Oh, duh. So it is. I think I must have done the tabs with an extension of some sort, then. I was using TooManyTabs, but it\’s broken for now. I also found a snippet of userChrome css I don\’t remember seeing before to handle it:

    .tabbrowser-tabs > hbox { display: block !important; }

    .tabbrowser-tabs tab { -moz-appearance: none !important; display: inline !important; width: 16% !important; min-width: 16% !important; max-width: 16% !important; }

    But that\’s broken, too.

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