You may want to check out this blog post by David Mandelin, which offers specific high-level information on starting the JaegerMonkey engine, and this article by David Anderson providing an overview of the how and what the work is being done in this front.
The second improvement, that is, addition of browser’s capability to use Windows Vista’s and Windows 7’s DirectWrite and Direct2D APIs would be more interesting to watch, since Asa Dotzler claims that even the fonts look really great with DirectWrite enabled. For those of our adventurous readers that want to try it out for themselves, you can download the latest nightly build, and make the following changes to enable these features.
- Enter ‘about:config’
- Click through the warning, if necessary
- Enter gfx.font in the ‘Filter’ box
- Double-click on ‘gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled’ to set it to true
- Below this, right click and select New > Integer to add a pref setting
- Enter ‘mozilla.widget.render-mode’ for the preference name, 6 for the value
(To disable, set gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled to false, delete mozilla.widget.render-mode, then restart.)
Note: If the above does not make sense to you, please do not try this. This is a developers’ release, and may render your browser unstable. It would be better to backup your browser first.