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Firefox 3 – Joins the 21st Century

Firefox 3 was released today.  From my web stats I know that more and more PC users are using Firefox instead of MS Explorer.  So, I thought I’d point out that under Firefox 3 you can now view images online correctly and *accurately. Unbeknownst to most users, Firefox 2 and earlier did not display images correctly.

Of course, getting FireFox 3 to handle images properly takes an extra step or two (Firefox neglected to make it simple by adding a check box in the preferences) but it’s easy and painless to get it to fall into line.

You can edit the color management setting in Firefox by entering “about:config” in Firefox 3’s address bar, agreeing to accept the risk of voiding the Firefox warranty (what risk?, Firefox is free and you can always re-download it) and then typing “gfx” in the filter field.  Last step is to double-click the gfx.color_management.enable line to change “False” to “True” and you are all set.

If you are not comfortable working under the hood then you can download a Color Management add-on.

*Following either of the above methods will enable Firefox 3 to present images as they were intended to be seen.  Ideally, you still need to calibrate your monitor but using a web browser that can display images correctly is the first step in seeing the true color and tone of image files when they are presented online.

Background Info

Web Browsers and Image Color

International Color Consortium (ICC) Web Browser Color Test

MozillaLinks Blog on Firefox 3 Color Management