Mozilla Firefox replace test techniques by those of other browsers




Mozilla Project started Mortar, which is investigating what can be replaced by alternatives properties of Firefox, to reduce development time. At first tests Mozilla uses some Chrome plugins.

With Project Mortar Mozilla wants to reduce the development time for techniques that are not a core part of a browser. “We look for opportunities to replace such techniques by existing alternatives, including implementations of other browser vendors,” reported Johnny Stenback, leading from the Mozilla development team.

He mentions specifically the possibility that Mozilla will use internal APIs that are not web-standard, to reduce costs, although it would not be preferable. In one of the first parts of the project test Mozilla substitutes for rendering PDFs and support for Flash. This should ultimately ensure that Mozilla can completely abandon the aged NPAPI support for plug-ins.

Mortar project will examine this using a minimal amount Pepper APIs, to use Flash plugin PDFium the library and pepper. PDFium is the open source viewer Chrome and the Pepper Flash was developed by Adobe and Google as safe player. In the first half of next year, Mozilla hopes to integrate the PDF viewer in Firefox.


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