Discover some of the interesting features that landed in stable and beta web browsers during July 2023.
Stable browser releases
Multiple values for the CSS
Chrome 115 includes multiple values for the CSS
display property. This means that
display: flex becomes
display: block flex and
display: block becomes
display: block flow. The single values are maintained as legacy keywords, these values are now available in the three major engines.
Also in Chrome 115 are the
Privacy Sandbox APIs
The Privacy Sandbox relevance and measurement APIs shipped in Chrome 115. This includes the Topics, Protected Audience, Attribution Reporting, Private Aggregation, Shared Storage, and Fenced Frames APIs.
To understand more about these APIs check out the Privacy Sandbox demos.
Firefox 115 supports the CSS
animation-composition property. Making
animation-composition supported in all three major engines. Learn more in the article Specify how multiple animation effects should composite with animation-composition.
Also reaching interoperability with Firefox 115 are a set of methods for
TypedArrays.with() return a new array with elements that have been shallow copied.
Beta browser releases
Beta browser versions give you a preview of things that will be in the next stable version of the browser. It's a great time to test new features, or removals, that could impact your site before the world gets that release. New betas are Firefox 116 and Chrome 116. The Safari 17 and Safari 16.6 betas are still ongoing. These releases bring many great features to the platform. Check out the release notes for all of the details, here are just a few highlights.
Firefox 116 supports the Audio Output Devices API on all platforms except for Android. This API allows web applications to redirect audio output to a permitted Bluetooth headset, speakerphone, or other device, instead of having to use the browser or underlying OS default.
Chrome 116 includes CSS Motion Path allowing any graphical object to be animated it along a path specified by the developer. This allows a number of powerful new transform possibilities, such as positioning using polar coordinates (with the
ray() function) rather than the standard rectangular coordinates used by the
translate() function, or animating an element along a defined path. This makes it easier to define complex and beautiful 2d spatial transitions. A path can be specified as
Also in Chrome 116 is the Document Picture-in-Picture API. This enables an always-on-top window that can be populated with arbitrary HTMLElements. This is an expansion upon the existing HTMLVideoElement API that only allows for an HTMLVideoElement to be put into a Picture-in-Picture (PiP) window.
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