Facebook to Firefox: please add WebP image support

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Facebook to Firefox: please add WebP image support

Facebook to Firefox: please add WebP image support

Posted: 08 May 2013 07:17 PM PDT

Facebook's engineers like Google's WebP and want Mozilla to build support for the image format into the Firefox browser.

Google hopes to speed Web performance with the image format, which can do the job of both of today's major graphics formats, JPEG and PNG. Facebook began testing WebP support in April.

And now it looks like the powerful company has become Google's biggest ally in the effort to promote WebP. Mozilla is deciding whether to reverse its earlier opposition to WebP, and Facebook programmer Bryan Alger on Wednesday encouraged Firefox developers to do so in a comment on Mozilla's WebP bug tracker Wednesday:

I am the Facebook engineer examining the adoption of webp as a serving format. We are very excited about the new format and keeping a close eye on the community to monitor adoption. It is entirely likely we will be serving webp images in some capacity in the short term after we address user complaints from our limited testing. It goes without saying, we would love to see webp support coming to Firefox soon.

WebP currently is supported in Chrome and on Android. When Opera Software makes its shift to the Blink browser engine on which Chrome is based, that browser will also support WebP.

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Posted: 08 May 2013 11:03 AM PDT

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Posted: 08 May 2013 10:16 AM PDT

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