Releases/Firefox 3.7a4/Test Plan

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Firefox 3.7 (1.9.3) Alpha 4 Testplan

Description of Release

This is the fourth alpha release of 3.7 (1.9.3). As such, we will go through a minimal QA cycle.

Specific Plan Alpha 4

Nothing specific. Make sure it launches properly and that there are no major problems with basic functionality. This release will be en-US only and will not have any branding.


We will run through basic spot-checks, Litmus smoketests, across platforms as soon as builds are available.

  • Code Freeze: 4/7
  • Builds Start: 4/7
  • QA (Smoketests): 4/9 - 3 people
  • Signoff: 4/9


  • Smoketests: Half a day - 1 to 3 people


You can find the builds here:

Fixed bugs

Test Results

Focus Areas

From a draft of the release notes highlights:

  • Privacy - CSS :visited selectors have been changed to block ways that websites can quickly check a user's browsing history. See for more information.
  • User Interface - Currently loaded web pages are shown in the location bar autocomplete list, allowing switching to existing tabs. See bug 480350 for details.
  • Stability - The beta version of Adobe Flash is now run in a separate process on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6). Visit the Adobe website to install the latest beta version of Flash.
  • SVG - SVG attributes which are mapped to CSS properties can now be animated using SMIL. See bug 534028 for details.
  • Video - Full-screen video on Windows is now rendered using hardware acceleration when available. See Bas Schouten's blog for details.
  • Plug-Ins - Mozilla has implemented the Core Animation rendering model for plugins on Mac OS X. Plugins which also support this rendering model can now draw faster and more efficiently.
  • HTML - HTML <textarea> form controls can be resized by the user. See bug 442228 for details.
  • Performance - Linux builds are now built with -fomit-frame-pointer, improving page load times on average by 4%. For more information, see bug 554364.