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So whadapp'ndwas, someone cited Wikipedia's article on the Qur'an, but instead of posting that link to the regular desktop version, they posted the mobile version instead. And I have to say, even on my desktop I prefer the cleaner, uncluttered mobile Wikipedia to the regular version. So much so, in fact, that I spent a fruitless half-hour trying to find a script or add-on which would allow me to always be directed to the mobile version. The closest I got was finding an old toggle-between-the-two one for Chrome which, according to the comments on the page, no longer works.

Bugger!

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Here's a thing I just found out. If you're working on an html document on your desktop, then Firefox, by default, won't accept the "../" instruction to go up a directory, when—and only when—dealing with embedded fonts. So this:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="../Common/Styles/Fonts/stylesheet.css">

… won't work, while this:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="Files/Common/Styles/Fonts/stylesheet.css">

… will.

It'll accept that first one gladly if the site's online, but doesn't want to know if it's stored locally.

Fortunately, the solution's easy.

Type about:config in the url bar, and click the "I'll be careful" button when it appears.

Type, or paste, security.fileuri.strict_origin_policy into the search bar.

After it's found that preference, double click it, so that the "Value" field changes to "false."

And that's it. You don't even need to restart the browser. What an odd behaviour though.
Daz


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Gentle Reader, I am somewhat surprised. That little piece I posted a couple of days back regarding fixing Mozilla's latest brain-fart has produced a ton of private messages—especially since I posted the screenshot below—asking how I did this or that, to restore functionality to the browser. Given all the rather contentious subjects I write about, I never would have figured that as innocuous a subject as this would generate much, if any, in the way of private mail. But it did. Maybe folks are worried about appearing ignorant of techy stuff? I dunno.

So okay, being the helpful, yet at the same time lazy, chap wot aye yam, I figured I'd "answer" all those mails at once, by posting a more detailed run-down on how I got the latest Firefox looking like a real browser again…

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But first, a moan.

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Egads, The New Firefox Is 'orrible!

Not as 'orrible as the ever-decreasing functionality of the latest few versions of Opera, mind; but it's not nice.

For anyone who didn't fall instantly in love with the new, extra-flashy, swoopy Firefox 29 "Australis," this add-on will restore some degree of sanity. Amongst other things, it makes the add-on status-bar available again, via the context ("right-click") menu, brings back those nice, tidy, unobtrusive square tabs, and gives those of us who prefer to use the menu-bar instead of the Big Orange Button the choice to remove said button. Nice!

Oh, and for those who are wondering where the hell the title-bar went, it's restorable via a button at the bottom-left of Firefox's regular customisation facility.

Sanity restored.
Daz


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This article is, by necessity, aimed at Windows users. I used to have Ubuntu too as well, but lack of hard-disk space led to me deleting it, so I can't check stuff out on there any more.

If you're a Firefox user, you might have noticed that there's been a problem, of late, with that browser and videos. The commonest symptom seems to be that the audio track stutters if you scroll the page—even on a separate tab—whilst playing a video, but I've seen reports of page-freezes, stuttering of the page-scroll itself, and other things, too, whilst playing video.

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