Paradiso) should be available in beta form in late July 2007.
There is no firm release schedule for the gold version. The most anticipated feature will be a new way to store bookmarks.
Both the interface and the internal code will be changed.
Sort of like in del.ico.us, bookmarks can be given tags.
Unlike del.ico.us, you will still use folders.
Such a system is more complex, internally. To manage that,
the bookmarks will be stored in a SQLite database.
The rendering engine will be better. In particular, it will
offer better handling of scalable vector graphics.
The developers hope
that Firefox 3 can be endowed with the ability to recognize the kind of
information it is displaying, and take appropriate actions.
For example, if it detects address information on the page,
it could offer to put that in your address book, or display it on a
information in Web pages and handing that
information off to other applications changes the role of the Web
browser from being solely a HTML renderer to being an information
To work at all effectively, this would require a new kind of markup
convention. That is, the author of the page would
have to include tags to denote the address information.
Otherwise the whole thing would slow down and you would have
applications opening all over the place.
This could be
good. Rather than thinking of it as an
information broker, I like to think of a vacuum cleaner that is smart
enough to know when it has sucked up some coins, separate the coins
from the dirt, sort the coins, and package them in those little paper
Now if we could only get it to keep the dirt from being displayed in
the first place.