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    Firefox 3 alpha (!)

    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: Firefox 3 alpha (!)

    That's not for the brave <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    It's out of date already, there has already been 1 major change since then and another is on the way, that's the version I use..

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    Re: Firefox 3 alpha (!)

    The rendering of such sites as [http://www.askwoody.com/index.php?action=news&category=1]AskWoody[/url] is much cleaner - at least on my setup. As a user with minimal add-ons(themes/extensions) - of which there are fairly few available, I can't really report any problems. It does run even quicker than 1.5x.
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    Re: Firefox 3 alpha (!)

    The cleaner rendering will be due to the the complete overhaul of the rendering system that has taken place.

    A brief summary of the main changes to rendering are:
    The 2D graphics routines within Firefox have been replaced with a new 2D graphics library called Cairo. Combined with Cairo is Thebes which is the compatibility layer between Cairo and Gecko (the core engine used by Mozilla products). Thebes & Cairo are already included in Firefox 3 Alpha 1

    The other major change is not included in the Alpha 1 build but is in the latest nightly test builds is the reflow refactoring which deals with how the document is laid out. Frequently Firefox will render the page while it is still downloading and sometimes the layout needs to start over again during the downloading which is when the reflow occurs. A sign of this is you can see things moving about as the page is loaded. Ideally reflows should be avoided and that is the aim of the "reflow refactoring" changes.

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