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Mozilla Working on pdf.js, Will Render PDFs in HTML5

16 Jun

mozilla-logo-150x150.jpgMozilla is working on technology that will allow PDF documents to be rendered within the browser, rather than utilizing a browser plug-in or an external app to open them. On his blog, Mozilla researcher Andreas Gal has described the project to build a PDF reader in HTML5 and JavaScript.

Typically, PDFs are rendered in a browser with a plugin - either with Adobe's own PDF reader or with another provider's renderer. These plugins often cannot take full advantage of PDF features. Furthermore, as Gal points out, there is quite a large trusted code base, something that's forced the Google Chrome browser to have sandbox the PDF renderer in order to avoid code injection attacks. An HTML5 version would be make this more secure, as would the open source nature of the project.


Gal says that Mozilla has been working on pdf.js for about a month. (You can find the GitHub repo here.) The work has been in the open, but on the down low if you will. "We were waiting on the completion of some major features (Type1 fonts, gradients, etc.) before communicating pdf.js more broadly." There's still work to be done on the project, according to Gal, and the plan is to use pdf.js to render PDFs "natively" within Firefox.

"It's important to note that we're not trying to promote PDF to a first-class web citizen like HTML5 is," writes Gal. "Instead we hope that a browser-native PDF renderer written on the web platform allows web technologies to subsume PDF." But with the ubiquity of the PDF, it's great news - particularly for the mobile Web - that it may soon be easier to view PDFs natively in the browser.

Discuss Drops Support for IE6

19 May

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As the Internet Explorer 6 Deathwatch continues, another web service — — has announced that it is ending support of the nearly decade-old web browser.

Citing “increasingly complex code trickery to make the WordPress dashboard work,” the company announced an end to IE6 support.

The dashboard will still load for IE6 users, it just won’t function very well. IE6 users will be alerted that their browser is outdated and given direct links to browser updates or to download an alternative browser via the Browse Happy website.

In addition to dropping IE6 support, has also rolled out some new features, including a revamped and redesigned dashboard and a new distraction-free writing mode.

These features — as well as the end-of-life for IE6 support — will make their way to self-hosted WordPress installs with WordPress 3.2. The beta version of WordPress 3.2 is available for download now and the final version is expected to land sometime in June., which hosts millions of websites, joins a long list of providers that have officially decided that enough is enough in regards to IE6. In March, Microsoft launched its own global campaign calling for the end of the browser.

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