Firefox 31 Brings New Tools to Developers

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2014-07-24

Mozilla shipped its Firefox 31 Web browser this week, providing users with incremental feature and security updates. Firefox 31 entered beta development on June 12, two days after Mozilla's Firefox 30 browser was released. As was the case with Firefox 30, there are no major user-facing changes in Firefox 31, as Mozilla continues to stabilize its browser following the Firefox 29 release on April 29. That release introduced the Australis user interface. The one user-facing change in Firefox 31 that users will notice is the addition of a search box to the new tab page. There are, however, a number of innovations in Firefox 31 that will benefit developers, who are a key audience for Mozilla. One such innovation introduced in Firefox 31 is an eyedropper, which enables developers to easily identify the HTML value for a given color. Developers will now also be able to modify Web pages locally with a box model technology that enables manipulation of page layout attributes. Looking forward, Mozilla developers are building an integrated development environment (IDE) called WebIDE into Firefox. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the new Firefox 31 browser.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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