Full Article Attached Some Significant Improvements

Saturday December 11th, 1999

M12 is right around the corner, and will boast significant improvements in the responsiveness and layout rendering times of the application.

First, Dave Hyatt has checked in some changes which do "memory recycling of all layout frame objects". This recycling seems to be the cause of significant improvements in the responsiveness of the UI. In #mozillazine, I heard "nearly as fast as 4.x" (on a P90 with 16M ram; I think that it's as fast or faster than Communicator 4.x now, at least on my P2-450). Menus and context menus now respond smoothly and quickly, the sidebar expands and contracts quickly (albeit with some bugs, still), and new windows pop up much faster than before. These improvements have been noticable on Windows, Linux, and Mac platforms, but to different extents. You will just have to try downloading a build for yourself!

Next, Vidur Apparao added changes that allow you to tune the incremental reflow. A number of people complained about how the incremental reflow changes of M11 were a good idea, but they were interfering with UI responsiveness as a page loaded. These tuning options address that problem, but even more improvements are expected after the M12 release. To try out the tuning for yourself, download today's build (December 11), and then follow the instructions on the next page (click "Full Article..." at the end of this news item). These options are only for people who are comfortable editing preference files. If you're not one of those people, these options should be enabled automatically at M12's release, so you'll be able to try it out then.

I would suggest picking up today's build when it's available (December 11), as it should contain a fix for alert-box buttons that you'll want to have. You can get the latest build from our builds page, or the nightly builds directory.

Remember, as always, these builds are not for the casual user. None of the software is guaranteed to do what you expect. MozillaZine makes no guarantees about the stability of these builds. Download at your own risk.

#126 Re: well...Well What?

by asa <>

Thursday December 16th, 1999 7:35 AM

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If you look at the title of the front page you will see that this site is intended as a Mozilla advocacy and news site. If you don't like Mozilla and won't take the time to become a member then most people visiting this site don't really give a shit what you have to say.

Don't get me wrong. I value criticism and one of the reasons that I come to MozillaZine is to read and contribute criticism. What I don't come here for and what I don't think the creators and participants of this forum intended is an ongoing battle between those who want Mozilla to succeed and those who don't. This is a forum for _advocates_! This is a place to discuss how to make Mozilla better and to read about Mozilla's progress. For these reasons I support 100% the decision to disallow anon posting at MozillaZine and by the quality and quantitiy of posts since the member requirements were instituted, I'd say that lots of people agree with me.

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