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Mozilla shows Firefox 3 browser plans

Mozilla officials have shown some details about the next generation of the Firefox 3 browser, which has been in development for a period of two years.

Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering at Mozilla, has stated that the browser will have a completely redesigned graphics engine, capable of handling much more complex images, offering image scaling capabilities, and allowing users to zoom in and out on the page.

A new system for saving and viewing favorites is also planned. “When you think about it, the favorites haven’t changed in 10 years. There are better ways to organize the plethora of web pages that people visit today, ”says Schroepfer.

Firefox 3 will include an embedded database of web history and favorites, based on SQL Lite, which will allow associating labels and the use of a toolbar for the most accessed pages at the top of the browser.

The Mozilla team is also working on software that allows users to access applications online when they are offline, so that they can be updated when the browser reconnects to the Internet.

Firefox 3 could be ready by the end of 2007, although Mozilla has not indicated a specific date.