Google today announced Chrome 24 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The company underlined that the browser is now even faster than before, at least according to the company’s own tests. If you’re on the Chrome beta channel, you should already have the new build (version 24.0.1312.5), and if you want to switch to the channel, head here.
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On the developer side, Google wants to emphasize Datalist support in date and time and MathML. Datalist allows you to specify a list of suggested dates and times for input elements while MathML lets you write mathematical content in a consistent way.
Google also listed the following changes:
- CSS custom filters have landed behind a flag. They enable sweet cinematic effects like page flipping with just CSS and HTML. You can turn them on with chrome://flags.
- Chromium now parses the autocomplete attribute according to spec. Use it to specify which type of saved user data the browser should use to prefill input elements. Examples are name and street-address.
- A few brand new features landed with a prefix: -webkit-hyphens gives you more control over hyphenation at line breaks, and -webkit-clip-path enables you to clip DOM content to an SVG shap. APIs un-prefixed include: IndexedDB, Intl, postMessage, requestAnimationFrame, and performance.now().
While the beta release supports these APIs in both their prefixed and un-prefixed forms, they will switch to the un-prefixed versions once Chrome 24 is released, at which point the prefixed versions will be deprecated. Speaking of deprecation, Google has removed some experiments from Chrome: The Blob constructor should now be used instead of the WebKitBlobBuilder API, Blob.slice() succeeds the Blob.webkitSlice() method, and Web Intents have been disabled.
The Chrome 24 beta release today comes just two days after Google released Chrome 23. That new version was massive, but already it looks like the company has big plans for the next version, which should be out before the end of the year.
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