De Mozilla Foundation geeft met Mozilla Developer Preview 1.9.3 Alpha 2 een glimp vrij van de nieuwe Gecko-engine en bijbehorende Firefox 3.7. Deze alfa-uitgave richt zich primair op ontwikkelaars zodat ze de nieuwe mogelijkheden van zowel de engine als de browser kunnen uitproberen en huidige creaties kunnen testen of deze correct werken. Nieuw is onder andere dat plugins, zoals Flash en Silverlight, geïsoleerd worden van de browser waardoor een vastlopende of crashende plugin niet meer de nek van Firefox omdraait. De aankondiging van deze alpha-uitgave ziet er als volgt uit:
Mozilla Developer Preview (1.9.3 alpha 2)
The Mozilla Developer Preview of Gecko 1.9.3 alpha 2 is an early developer milestone containing new features of the Gecko layout engine. It is being made available for testing purposes only, and is intended for web application developers and our testing community. Current users of Mozilla Firefox should not use this Mozilla Developer Preview.
New Features and Changes
Gecko 1.9.3 Alpha 2 introduces new features which can be tested by using this Mozilla Developer Preview. Many of these features are still in development, and while they will likely appear in some future version of Mozilla Firefox, some may be in earlier releases than others.
On Windows and Linux, plugins (such as Flash and Silverlight) are now isolated from Firefox. Plugin crashes will not kill Firefox itself, and unresponsive plugins are automatically restarted.
The SSL security system has been changed to fix a renegotiation flaw. For technical details, see the newsgroup posting announcing the change.
Link history lookup is now performed asynchronously on a thread. This results in less I/O during page load and improves overall browser responsiveness.
Loading the HTML5 specification no longer causes very long browser pauses. See bug 526394 for details.
Repainting HTML in SVG <foreignObject> is faster. See bug 541188 for details.
The placeholder attribute for <input> and <textarea> is now supported.
Support for the HTML5 History.pushState() and History.replaceState() methods and the popstate event. See bug 500328 for details.
The stop and reload buttons have been merged when they are adjacent on the toolbar. See bug 343396 for details.
Support for SMIL Animation in SVG. Support for animating some SVG attributes is still under development and the animateMotion element isn't supported yet.
Crash reports from plugin processes are now submitted automatically. Crash report submission can be disabled in Firefox preferences (Advanced / General / Submit crash reports).
Support for CSS Transitions. This support is not quite complete: support for animation of transforms and gradients has not yet been implemented.
Support for the -moz-image-rect() value for background-image. See bug 113577 for more details.
Support for WebGL, which is disabled by default but can be enabled by changing a preference. See this blog post and this blog post for more details.
Support for the getClientRects and getBoundingClientRect methods on Range objects. See bug 396392 for details.
Support for the setCapture and releaseCapture methods on DOM elements. See bug 503943 for details.
We are interested in feedback on any bugs or missing capabilities in these new features. Some of the changes will affect web and platform compatibility. For detailed information about compatibility changes in Gecko 1.9.3, please read Upcoming Firefox features for developers.