Oh happy day! In light of “new data that shows that WebP has valid use cases and advantages” Mozilla Firefox developers have decided to explore supporting the awesome format natively in Firefox. WebP, in short, is an open image format developed by Google in their valiant effort to speed up the web, however after three years, in spite of the multipurpose format being truly fantastic versus other raster formats pretty much across the board, only Chrome, Chromium, Opera, Android and Maxthon support the format natively, making it pointless, in spite of the bandwidth and storage savings it would offer, for web developers to start using the format, given that Chrome and Opera account for less than half of the web browser pie.
But with Firefox on board, if they go through with this, that pushes native WebP-supported web surfers over 60%, which is a compelling figure to pressure Microsoft and Apple to join the party (why not — no skin off their back). Microsoft has already shown willingness to take advantage of Google’s free beer technology by including support for the incredible SPDY protocol in IE11. So if they’d just take it one step farther in the direction of progress, that would eventually be 90% of web surfers who can view WebP images. Sooner than eventually if they roll out a patch for older IE versions.
Just that Mozilla has “re-opened” the “bug” ticket is big enough news to give WebP traction in my book. With the advantages of WebP available and that degree of browser support, I’ll bet there’d be enough guys like me to squeeze the likes of Apple over the edge with Safari, and once iPhones and iPads are on board (the code is sitting right here), game over. Or game on? You know what I mean.
I’m so happy.