What's new in Firefox 3.5
by Chris von Eitzen
After more than a year in development, Mozilla has finally released version 3.5 of its open source Firefox web browser. Previously intended as an incremental update, Firefox 3.5 now includes a number of welcome new features and performance improvements.
Although originally intended to be version 3.1, at the beginning of March, Mozilla confirmed that the next release would instead become version 3.5 in response to suggestions by developers that it would reflect the "increased" scope of the browser update. Firefox 3.5 now includes a number of welcome new features and performance improvements for developers and users alike. Several of the new features included in the release will very likely change the way that users look at the web, even if they don't consciously notice it. Whether it's using new location-based services to look up times at a local movie theatre, keeping that Christmas gift that they ordered online a secret, or simply watching the latest popular online videos, Firefox 3.5 is the next step in helping users take advantage of the web.
Under the hood & Web standards
<audio> tags allow for the embedding of arbitrary video and audio formats. Firefox includes support for several royalty-free codecs, like Ogg Vorbis, Theora, WAV and others. Support for proprietary formats including patented technology, such as QuickTime and MPEG-4, will be optional.
<audio> element can be used to insert music on a Web page, for example, as background music.
More details about the the new Web standards features can be found on the Firefox 3.5 for developers page.