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Review: Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 -- The Best Is Yet To Come

Despite a potentially powerful new geolocation feature, users won't see much difference between Firefox 3.0 and 3.1 -- at least, not yet.
Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 refines the Smart Location Bar, nicknamed the "AwesomeBar." The AwesomeBar, introduced in Firefox 3.0, allows you to type text into the address bar and see a dropdown list of pages in your bookmarks and history that contain the text you were typing in the title, URL, or keywords and tags. The AwesomeBar like your own personalized Google.




In Firefox 3.1, special characters can be used to modify searches in the Awesome Bar.
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In Firefox 3.1 Beta 1, you can control the search with special characters. Start a search with ^, and it searches only your history; start with * to search only the bookmarks, start with + to limit the search to tagged pages, @ to search only URLs, and # to search only in page titles and the tags you can assign to a page when bookmarking it.

Other new features in Firefox 3.1 include support for video and audio HTML elements, with support for the OGG Theora and OGG Vorbis format on all platforms. The developers want to make it as easy to embed video in a Web page as it is to embed an image. And the release also includes support for other Web standards.

You can read in greater detail about what's in Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 on the Firefox

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