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chi
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Status: Trending idea

I think it's a great opportunity for Firefox to stand out by supporting JPEG XL before any other browser.

Imagine images served by Cloudflare and Cloudinary load faster and look better only with Firefox. Firefox was a pioneer of web technologies and it should win the title back, if Firefox just keep following Chrome without any differentiation, why would people choose Firefox?

If the decoder memory safety is a concern, maybe Mozilla can start a crowd funding campaign to sponsor a Rust decoder, even the campaign itself will attract reports and attentions for Firefox.

Mozilla argued AVIF was already supported as a same generation but clearly JPEG XL has many advantages:

  • Much better encoding performance (AVIF is not suitable for realtime CDN optimization at all)
  • lossless and better high fidelity (video codec based image format)
  • HDR (there will be a billion of mobile devices with real good & bright screen in just a few years)
  • Little generation loss (important for web)

Supports from Facebook, Adobe (they're adding export support), Intel and VESA, Krita, The Guardian, libvips, Cloudinary, Shopify

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kremlinbot
Making moves

Interestingly enough, it seems there was initial support implementation in Nightly, however it never made it into beta or release and basically in stale condition (as for now). And, as a person above mentioned, it slowly makes it was into other software, so taking the initiative to be the first popular browser to support it might be game-changing for the whole Web!

ComputerBuster
Strollin' around

The neutral stance is a disservice to JXL as a format. The community has been ablaze with enthusiasm for JXL since this request was introduced & that isn't going to change any time soon. Every piece covering JXL that mentions major browser vendors dropping support has gotten incredible amounts of attention.

Firefox can either support JPEG-XL today, or wait for JXL to take off outside browsers (which it will, and it already is) and have their hand forced. I'd rather be ahead of that curve, personally.

Albireo
New member

throwing my 2 cents in. love the idea of firefox support. keep supporting open standards first and let the web run with it. would love to see some sites with a "works best in firefox" banner as Mozilla leads the way

veqryn
New member

I would also like to see JXL support in Firefox, regardless of Chrome's choice.

saldorin
New member

JXL is the future of image storage, no doubt about that. There is no other format that comes close to the featureset. There are alternatives that are somewhat comparable for web-applications, but not for local usage.

That being said, dropping JXL from the browsers would just lead to the need to convert the locally saved JXL to a browser-supported format for web usage. Sounds pretty dumb to me.

If you want to reduce development effort, drop a less useful format like avif first i'd say...

FoxtrotCZ
Making moves

Since this is the 6. most popular idea, maybe you should push it to "in review" stage?

FoxtrotCZ
Making moves

Even Apple is adding JPEG XL support to it's browser. So Firefox should move along. https://twitter.com/jonsneyers/status/1665792517613256705

DenJohn
Making moves

Now that Apple announced that Safari will support JPEG XL at WWDC23. Will Mozilla consider joining them in supporting it and reprioritize support for JPEG XL in Firefox?
(It was in their Safari word cloud btw)

job
Strollin' around

Apple just recently announced in WWDC 2023 that Safari 17 will support JPEG XL. Such a missed opportunity for Mozilla to be the first mainstream browser to support this open image format.

ComputerBuster
Strollin' around

Looks to me like Apple just announced JPEG XL support for Safari with macOS Sonoma. I think it would be wise to reconsider supporting this breakthrough image codec in Firefox, as the code has already been written for forks and PRs are open to allow JXL support any time Mozilla deems it convenient. 

https://disobey.net/@gianni/110493408041413338

conrad
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The news that Apple is adding support in Safari really should be the final nail in the coffin for any JXL doubt. Going to be extremely embarrassing If Apple beats Mozilla to the punch on JXL browser support IMO.

gbcox
New member

Here is the link to the release notes:  Safari 17 release notes 

 

emanuelserpa
Strollin' around

Firefox needs to learn that they can implement things that Chromium don't support it.

Daseinn
Strollin' around

Is this ever going to reach 'in-review' status? @Jon 

Leonaru
Strollin' around

This should be implemented.