Firefox 126 adds several CSS improvements and support for zstandard compression

Firefox 126

This week, Mozilla launched a new version of its web browser. Available from Tuesday, May 14, Firefox 126 It is an update of those that do not attract as much attention because it does not offer obvious functions, but it improves on the inside. It is no secret that the red panda browser is usually one step behind those based on Chromium in sections such as CSS, so seeing progress in this area is always positive.

Perhaps, those who will be most happy with this update will be macOS users. Now, Apple computers with the M3 chip have seen hardware acceleration activated for AV1 decoding. Among the rest of new arrivals We also find that Catalan is now available in the translator.

Other new features in Firefox 126

The Copy Site No Tracking option, which removes parts of the URL so we are not tracked, can now remove parameters from nested URLs. Furthermore, it includes expanded support to block over 300 copied link tracking parameters, including those from major shopping websites. In the performance section, Firefox now supports Content-encoding: zstd, in other words, zstandard compression. It is an alternative to broti and gzip compressions for web content that provides higher compression levels for the same CPU.

Firefox 126 has implemented URL.parse(), support for the CSS pseudo-classes :state() and CustomStateSet, and support for the Screen Wake Lock API. Although it can be disabled, also they have added telemetry to create an aggregated count of searches by category in order to broadly inform the development of search functions. Mozilla ensures that this data will not be associated with specific users and will be collected via HTTP to eliminate IP addresses as metadata that could identify us.

As always, the opportunity has been taken to make several bug fixes and patch vulnerabilities, for which they have not provided more information.

Now available

Firefox 126 has arrived 4 weeks after the earlier version can be downloaded from developer website, Flatub, Snapcraft and from most official repositories of the different Linux distributions.


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