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Firefox 1.5 has arrived

The first major upgrade since 1.0 a year back is now a reality. Features include improvements to the Gecko engine, CSS columns support, tab reorder, performance enhancements and much more.

One of the Gecko improvements is support for the <canvas> element, which can be used to draw graphics using JavaScript (overlaps functionality with SVG). Have a look at some canvas examples: Canvas paint and First person shooter demo.

There are a few extensions that haven’t been properly updated for the new version yet, but remember that unlike IE you can install multiple versions of Firefox.

The new version also features SVG support, so make sure to check out SVG Tetris!

Another nice thing is the error message. Compare FF 1.5 to the left with IE 6 to the right.

404 with FF and IE Example of different 404 messages in Firefox and Internet Explorer. (Large version)

It’s a minor detail but I’m glad that someone cares about even such small things.

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