A brief (but not totally inclusive) summary of changes:
I always thought the elastic overscroll was part of cocoa. Any timeline on when it will be enabled on GTK?
I think you can enable it manually with apz.overscroll.enabled in about:config, but YMMV
I heard on the grapevine that Firefox would start hiding cookie consent banners automatically in the future. Does anyone know if this is now behind some configuration setting or should one still opt for an extension? I’ve held off on trying any extensions to do this, but as of late it seems like it has gotten worse… What would people even recommend to effectively block these banners?
You want Consent-o-matic.
If it’s a site that you log into, you tell it to keep the cookies and remain logged in. If it’s a site that you don’t want record anything about you, then you ignore the notification. By default, all cookies are gone as soon as you leave a page but if that wasn’t the right choice for a particular site then there’s an undo button available the next time you return.
You can kind of get that with Temporary Containers but really the ergonomics aren’t quite there.
I think in general containers are a fantastic concept in want of someone figuring out the UX.
It’s not as sophisticated, but Cookie AutoDelete is pretty good.
(It doesn’t automatically keep old cookie for later, but it makes it pretty easy to whitelist domains you want to keep cookies for.)
I think the undelete bit was the killer feature for Self Destructing Cookies. As a user of a web site, I don’t always know if a feature that it depends on requires cookies until I return, so being able to say ‘oh, oops, I didn’t actually want to delete the cookies from my last visit, restore them and reload the tab please’ meant that it could have a very aggressive deletion default, without ever losing state that I cared about.
For sure, it was definitely better. I hope the rewrite for WebExtensions turns out to be viable.
My flow with Cookie AutoDelete is similar, but at the point of realising “oh, oops, I didn’t actually want to delete the cookies from my last visit” then can quickly add the site to the Cookie AutoDelete Whitelist, and log in again (or set up the site again, etc). Then at least I won’t lose it again.
It’s nowhere near as slick, but at least it only happens at most once per site (and one of the things it’s underscored for me is how few sites I actually want persistent cookies for!)
That’s fine for sites where you have an account and you can restore any state fairly easily, but the self destructing cookies model was really nice for places where I had ephemeral state tied to a cookie, even fairly simple things like shopping basket contents. With richer web apps, state is often stored directly in cookies or HTML5 local storage, or in a server-side back end with a cookie as a key to find it, so losing this is annoying.
I don’t want persistent state for 99% of sites that I visit, but the ones where I do, I often don’t realise it until I return.
Is this the reimplementation? https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/self-destructing-cookies-webex/ Doesn’t seem very active but gets good reviews
I haven’t tried it (I mentioned it in my original post) but the description suggests that it doesn’t support the ‘undo’ mode, which is the thing that made this the perfect cookie-management strategy: delete everything aggressively but give users a way of undoing the deletion after they discover that the cookies contained some state that they’ve lost.
It’s in nightly. I just updated to 113 and the setting is not yet in stable.
Here’s an article from your favourite grapevine ;). https://lobste.rs/s/igqvhd/firefox_may_soon_reject_cookie_prompts (linked article has instructions)
That address bar search thing really took me a moment to notice on the video, but it’s really cool! Doesn’t work for me at all though. And I hope there is a key to toggle it between URL and search term…
Care to explain? I still don’t get what it’s supposed to show.
Here’s a screenshot showing the feature. I have searched ‘test one two three’ using the URL bar on DuckDuckGo. You’ll notice the search terms are there in the URL bar.
Only works for the default search engine, meh. Most www search engines already have sticky headers so this doesn’t add much.
It works for me on Nightly.
If you’re running 113 and it’s not showing, got to about:config and enable browser.urlbar.showSearchTerms.enabled
That was enabled, but I’ve had to enable browser.urlbar.showSearchTerms.featureGate actually. (WTF is it gated on, region/language or something?!)
And yea, double pressing Esc gives me the URL. Very cool.
Animated AV1 but no JXL 😞
Google has pulled JXL support from Chrome, so it’s a dead letter at this point sadly.
Oh, I’m very much aware, but AVIF still not a great format for still images in many categories with the accessibility of hardware encoding as a requirement being the cherry on top. I still want JXL.