Does this change require any changes from web developers or is this something the browser can do in the background to speed up rendering any page? When I looked it up I saw some stuff in Servo but not the MDN.
No, this is an implementation change, so webdevs do not need to change anything.
The technology in upcoming Firefox versions looks increasingly great.
I would switch back in a heart beat if it wasn’t for the lack of vertical tabs. But it seems like Chrome is working on them, so Firefox might add them too.
There are several add-ons for vertical tabs in Firefox, including Tab Center Redux and Tree Style Tab.
Yes, I left Firefox after more than 15 years of usage after seeing these abominations. If these are the best option Mozilla allows, I’ll look elsewhere for a browser.
Which browser have you found that has vertical tabs done better?
I’m pretty happy with Vivaldi (it’s one of the first questions they ask on first startup – where the tabs should be placed). Here is how it looks: https://i.imgur.com/DzoJ8d9.png
Haha, well, to each their own… I happily use Tree Style Tab everyday myself. I am not sure how to browse the web without it anymore… (All of these add-ons have been (re)implemented to use WebExtension APIs that isolate the browser and add-ons from each other in the last year or so… perhaps they are quite different from the last time you checked them, depending on when that was.)
Yeah, I used Tree Style Tabs, too. Since Mozilla broke the old APIs without replacement, all the reimplemented extensions are an utter disappointment.
I looked at different extensions right now, and I love how all extension authors carefully crop their screenshots to hide the fact that they can’t get rid of
thanks to Mozilla’s “mom knows best!” approach, which makes their extensions rather pointless.
I’m so glad Mozilla isn’t in charge of an IDE/editor, because otherwise we all could start preparing to develop without syntax highlighting, because “Mozilla UX team decided it’s unnecessary”.
Every time I see something like this quoted as a reason to switch browsers I’m amazed how deep control-freakery is rooted in all of us :-)
Stuff like mass-market browsers are designed for the lowest common denominator of user behavior.
It shouldn’t be surprising that more and more people fall outside Mozilla’s supported use cases, as Mozilla keeps pushing “our way or the highway” on how their users have to use their browser.
I have been using tree tabs which works wonderfully. Even better than what I had before the web extensions migration.
Just tried it, it’s rather embarrassing due to missing APIs Mozilla removed without replacement. It is pretty much the state when I left Firefox, no improvements visible.
What an absolutely painful presentation to go through with all those transitions and white on black text. While the latter works well on a projector, the former I will never get. Also, fonts have different shapes on my FF while in transition. Some kind of compromise?