Mozilla 1.4 Beta Released

Thursday May 8th, 2003

Mozilla 1.4 Beta was released yesterday. This release allows you to separately specify whether a blank page, your home page or the last page you visited loads when you initially start Navigator, open a new window or open a new tab. It's also now possible to specify the default font, size and colour of text when composing HTML mail and Mail & Newsgroups now has support for CRAM-MD5 authentication. Image blocking and disabling is now more flexible, allowing you to optionally view images that have not been loaded, and the 'Launch File' button in the download dialogue or Download Manager now works after downloading an executable. Proxy auto-config failover has also been implemented and Mozilla can now be built using GCC on Windows. Read the Mozilla 1.4 Beta Release Notes for more information and download the new version from the Releases page or the mozilla1.4b directory on's FTP site.

#19 Re: Re: XFT

by james

Friday May 9th, 2003 12:01 AM

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Xft is similar speed to normal font rendering over network links if you turn off the antialiasing. With AA turned off, Xft doesn't need to transfer the background image to the client before compositing when the server doesn't support RENDER. If you are going to make comparisons, make sure you do a fair one. Also note that fontconfig/Xft won't need to transfer the glyph metrics from the server for the fonts it uses, which is a big win with unicode or asian fonts.

To speed things up further, the GTK maintainer was suggesting the addition of an API so that applications that knew what they were doing could hook the background transfer. Since most apps or toolkits know what they are going to draw onto (usually because they have painted it white or grey just beforehand), they don't need to ask the server for the background a lot of the time. This substantially increases AA rendering speed for servers without RENDER.