The average user saves web pages to
look at later or to send to someone else...
or if they don't currently, they want to save web pages to do these things.
Firefox only has one native method of saving a web page complete with all images and content: "Web Page, complete". This is an absolutely terrible solution:
Firefox used to have built-in support for the MAFF format, which was very useful...but it was removed several years ago for reasons which are unclear.
Most of the major modern browsers have native support for the MHTML/MHT format. Of leading Windows-based browsers, only Firefox lacks this major and important feature.
Firefox should provide the ability to save web pages with native support, in more than one format.
What is the solution?
Add native Web Archive File save and read support to Firefox for the following formats:
Later, support could be added for:
These two formats would put Firefox far ahead of the competition and add a feature that would add tremendous value.
The minimum support for a native Web Archive Format should be MHTML/MHT because it is the most common format in use. I would also argue for the MAFF format, which would offer support for orphaned files created by Firefox in the past...and should be easy to implement if the other can be implemented... After all, Firefox already has the code on hand.
If security is a concern, then have this feature turned off by default, available to activate within Settings. No browser should ever be so secure that it is useless. Security should always be coupled with ability for software to have value.
ADDING MHTML/MHT AND MAFF SUPPORT SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY FOR FIREFOX!