Firefox 38 adds HTML5 video tag support and DRM tech for protected content

Firefox 38 adds HTML5 video tag support and DRM tech for protected content
Mozilla has launched Firefox 38 this week for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Android, featuring a few notable updates in addition to the normal performance and stability fixes.

Firefox 38 has integrated Adobe Content Decryption Module (CDM) to add the ability to play DRM-wrapped content on Windows devices, and Mozilla explained the move to DRM: "We are enabling DRM in order to provide our users with the features they require in a browser and allow them to continue accessing premium video content. We don't believe DRM is a desirable market solution, but it's currently the only way to watch a sought-after segment of content."

In addition, all the releases are getting Ruby annotation support,, often requested in Japan where publications need the extra text to indicate a pronunciation or meaning of the sentence or characters. There were add-ons previously, but now the support is built-in natively.

The full rundown:

•New: New tab-based preferences.
•New: Ruby annotation support.
•New: Base for the next ESR release.
•Changed: autocomplete=off is no longer supported for username/password fields.
•Changed: URL parser avoids doing percent encoding when setting the Fragment part of the URL, and percent decoding when getting the Fragment in line with the URL spec.
•Changed: RegExp.prototype.source now returns "(?:)" instead of the empty string for empty regular expressions.
•Changed: Improved page load times via speculative connection warmup.
•HTML5: WebSocket now available in Web Workers.
•HTML5: BroadcastChannel API implemented.
•HTML5: Implemented srcset attribute and element for responsive images.
•HTML5: Implemented DOM3 Events KeyboardEvent.code.
•HTML5: Mac OS X: Implemented a subset of the Media Source Extensions (MSE) API to allow native HTML5 playback on YouTube.
•HTML5: Implemented Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) API to support encrypted HTML5 video/audio playback (Windows Vista or later only).
•HTML5: Automatically download Adobe Primetime Content Decryption Module (CDM) for DRM playback through EME (Windows Vista or later only).
•Developer: Optimized-out variables are now visible in Debugger UI.
•Developer: XMLHttpRequest logs in the web console are now visually labeled and can be filtered separately from regular network requests.
•Developer: WebRTC now has multistream and renegotiation support.
•Developer: copy command added to console.
•Fixed: Various security fixes.


Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 May 2015 19:31
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