Google Chrome 24 now faster, adds MathML support
January 10, 2013 - 18:20 by Mike Williams In News | Comments Disabled
Google has released Chrome 24  to the stable channel for Windows, the Mac and Linux. And while there are no major additions this time around, the build still has enough to make for a worthwhile upgrade.
Elsewhere, new support for MathML allows the browser to properly display mathematical content written using MathML markup. This new ability may not always be recognised by web pages (we found some complained that the browser “didn’t support MathML”), but when they could use it, everything worked just fine.
Developers may be interested in CSS Custom Filters, which could allow them to create all kinds of visual effects (like curling page corners or cinematic transitions) via simple CSS code alone. The W3C “Filter Effects 1.0”  document explains all the key details, and you can try out this experimental feature by going to chrome://flags and enabling CSS Shaders.
The release includes the usual lengthy list of security fixes, including a number of issues relating to PDF handling. The official Chrome Releases blog has the full list .
And while Google Chrome 24  may be short on major new features, there are an enormous number of smaller bug fixes, usability improvements and other optimizations included. The SVN Revision Log  has everything you need to know (but beware, you’ll be reading for a very, very long time.)
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URLs in this post:
 Chrome 24: http://www.downloadcrew.com/article/23259-google_chrome_stable
 a 26.3% improvement: http://chrome.blogspot.ca/2012/11/always-getting-faster.html
 Octane benchmark: http://octane-benchmark.googlecode.com/svn/latest/index.html
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 “Filter Effects 1.0”: https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/FXTF/raw-file/tip/filters/index.html#feCustomElement
 the full list: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/stable-channel-update.html
 SVN Revision Log: http://build.chromium.org/f/chromium/perf/dashboard/ui/changelog.html?url=/trunk/src&range=157509:164863&mode=html
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