Our monthly changelog documents what happened in June to the code, data, and tools that support MDN Web Docs site. The team shipped 100+ HTML interactive examples in June. They additional shipped tweaks and fixes by merging 252 pull requests, including 32 pull requests from 26 new contributors. Finally, the team shipped Django 1.11 and laid the groundwork for a variety of performance enhancements that will roll out in July and beyond.
A team of computer science students from Michigan State University's capstone program went to work on Firefox Quantum’s Theming API. Their goal: Expand upon the existing “lightweight” Theming API in Quantum to allow for more areas of customization. Themes had the ability to alter the appearance of the default toolbars, but did not have the ability to style menus, or customize auto-complete popups -- till now. The team also worked on adding a more fluid transition when dynamic themes change, to allow for a smoother user experience.
AV1 is a new general-purpose video codec developed by the Alliance for Open Media. The alliance began development of the new codec using Google’s VPX codecs, Cisco’s Thor codec, and Mozilla’s/Xiph.Org’s Daala codec as a starting point. AV1 leapfrogs the performance of VP9 and HEVC, making it a next-next-generation codec. Today's post is a deep-dive into the Constrained Directional Enhancement Filter and how it came to be.
Firefox 61 is now available, bringing new performance improvements that make the fox faster than ever! We're keen on the Retained Display Lists feature to improve performance while an interactive page is painted; the Accessibility Inspector baked in to our tooling to support assistive technology users; more powerful tab management for power users; and many more Dev Tools updates and enhancements.
Display list building is the process in which we collect the set of high-level items to display on screen (borders, backgrounds, text and much more), and then sort the list, according to CSS painting rules, into the correct back-to-front order. By retaining the display list and only reloading the assets that have changed since first paint, we are able to optimize painting performance especially for highly interactive pages. Look for this feature in this week's release of Firefox 61.
May's MDN changelog highlights lots of stuff that got shipped to make MDN Web Docs so much better all the time. The team, with help from numerous contributors, migrated CSS @media and MathML compat data, prepared for Django 1.11, started tracking work in ZenHub, continued the HTML Interactive Examples project, and shipped tweaks and fixes by merging 397 pull requests, including 60 pull requests from 43 new contributors.
At Mozilla, we closely track threats to users' privacy and security. This is why we've added tracking protection to Firefox and created the Facebook container extension. In today's cartoon intro, Lin Clark describes two new initiatives we're championing to close data leaks that have been part of the domain name system since it was created 35 years ago: DNS over HTTPS, a new IETF standard, and Trusted Recursive Resolver, a new secure way to resolve DNS that we’ve partnered with Cloudflare to provide.
Web game developer Andrzej Mazur explores the concept of Progressive Web Games. He describes howe to use PWA features built with Web APIs for modern game development. He introduces the Enclave Phaser Template (EPT) — a free, open sourced mobile boilerplate for HTML5 games that provides many shortcuts for getting started.
The latest release -- Firefox 61 Developer Edition -- comes with a darker dark theme, more powerful and customizable developer tools, the new Accessibility Inspector, and numerous performance improvements like better CSS stylesheet parsing and improved time to first paint.