Chrome 125

Stable release date: May 14th, 2024

Unless otherwise noted, the following changes apply to Chrome 125 stable channel release for Android, ChromeOS, Linux, macOS, and Windows.

HTML and DOM

Declarative shadow DOM serialization

A feature to let developers serialize DOM trees containing shadow roots, recently standardized in the HTML standard.

Tracking bug #41490936 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

CSS

CSS Anchor Positioning

CSS anchor positioning lets developers tether an absolutely positioned element to one or more other elements on the page (the anchors), in a declarative way, without the use of JavaScript. Anchor positioning works performantly when the anchors are scrollable. A common use case is to position a popover such as a tooltip next to the element that invoked it, or a select menu and its popover options list. Before the anchor positioning feature, these use cases required JavaScript to dynamically position the popover, and keep it anchored as the invoking element was scrolled, which is a performance footgun and difficult to get right. With anchor positioning, these use cases can be implemented performantly and declaratively.

The anchor positioning feature consists of a large number of CSS properties. A few of the key properties are as follows:

  • anchor-name: sets up an element to be an anchor for other elements.
  • position-anchor: describes the "default" anchor that an anchored element should use for anchor positioning.
  • The anchor() function: used to refer to the position of the anchor element, in positioning the anchored element.
  • inset-area: a shorthand for positioning, for common relative positions.

Introducing the CSS anchor positioning API | Tracking bug #40059176 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

CSS stepped value functions—round(), mod(), and rem()

The stepped-value functions, round(), mod(), and rem(), all transform a given value according to another "step value".

The round() CSS function returns a rounded number based on a selected rounding strategy.

The mod() CSS function returns a modulus left over when the first parameter is divided by the second parameter, similar to the JavaScript remainder operator (%). The modulus is the value left over when one operand, the dividend, is divided by a second operand, the divisor. It always takes the sign of the divisor.

The rem() CSS function returns a remainder left over when the first parameter is divided by the second parameter, similar to the JavaScript remainder operator (%). The remainder is the value left over when one operand, the dividend, is divided by a second operand, the divisor. It always takes the sign of the dividend.

CSS stepped value functions | Tracking bug #40253179 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

New syntax for CSS custom :state()

CSS custom state lets custom elements expose their own pseudo-classes. The syntax has now been specified in the CSSWG, and Chrome 125 now supports the new syntax :state(foo). This change will have a window where Chrome will support both the old syntax (:--foo) and the new syntax so websites can switch to the new one.

ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

Remove discontinuity for Oklab and Oklch colors with lightness of nearly 100% or 0

Before this change, all Lab, LCH, Oklab and Oklch colors with a lightness value of 100% were rendered as white, regardless of the other two parameters. All colors in these spaces with a lightness value of 0 were rendered as black. These two mappings caused discontinuities in gradients and were unexpected to web developers.

With this rollback, these colors are no longer mapped artificially and the resulting displayed color will be continuous with nearby colors and depend on the gamut mapping of the display.

ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

Used color scheme root scrollbars

Makes the browser use the user's preferred color scheme to render the viewport scrollbars if the value of "page's supported color schemes" is 'normal' or not specified, and the computed value of color-scheme for the root element is normal. Viewport scrollbars can be considered to be outside the web content. Therefore, the user agents should honor the user's preferred color scheme when rendering viewport scrollbars if the developer has not explicitly specified support for color schemes.

This change does not prevent developers from controlling the color scheme for scrollbars. The new behavior makes the browser use the user's preferred color-scheme to render viewport non-overlay scrollbars only if the developer hasn't specified the color scheme for the root element.

Tracking bug #40259909 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

view-transitions class

There's a new CSS property view-transition-class which allows the you to specify one or more view transition classes. You can then select the ViewTransition pseudo elements using these classes, for example ::view-transition-group(*.class).

This is an extension to the ViewTransition API that simplifies styling of view transition pseudo elements in a similar way that CSS classes simplify styling of regular DOM elements.

Tracking bug #41492972 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

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Accept HTTP and HTTPS URLs when constructing WebSocket

This update enables HTTP and HTTPS schemes in the WebSocket constructor, therefore also letting developers use relative URLs. These are normalized to the ws: and wss: internal schemes.

Tracking bug #325979102 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

Web APIs

Additions to the Attribution Reporting API

Features have been added to the Attribution Reporting API to create additional debugging capabilities by supporting parsing failure debug reports, improve API ergonomics by supporting a field to specify preferred registration platform, and improve privacy.

ChromeStatus.com entry

The Compute Pressure API

The Compute Pressure API offers high-level states that represent the CPU load on the system. It allows the implementation to use the right underlying hardware metrics to ensure that users can take advantage of all the processing power available to them as long as the system is not under unmanageable stress.

Intel led the design and implementation work for this API, which will let video conferencing apps dynamically balance features and performance.

Compute Pressure API | Tracking bug #40683064 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

This launches the proposed extension of the Storage Access API (backwards compatible and has been in origin trial) to allow access to unpartitioned cookie and non-cookie storage in a third-party context. The current API only provides access to cookies, which have different use-cases than non-cookie storage.

Tracking bug #40282415 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

FedCM CORS requirement on ID assertion endpoint

The fetches in the FedCM API are hard to reason about because of the properties required of them. While there is ongoing discussion regarding the accounts endpoint, there is also largely consensus that the ID assertion endpoint should use CORS. This update aligns security properties of this fetch more closely to other fetches in the web platform.

FedCM updates: Button Mode API origin trial, CORS and SameSite | Tracking bug #40284123 | ChromeStatus.com entry

FedCM now sends ID assertion requests with CORS. That change means that Chrome no longer send SameSite=Strict cookies to the ID assertion endpoint, though Chrome stills send SameSite=None. Since it does not make sense to send a different set of cookies to the accounts endpoint and the ID assertion endpoint, this change makes them consistent.

Not sending SameSite=Strict cookies is also consistent with requestStorageAccess behavior and cross-site requests in general.

Tracking bug #329145816 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

Interoperable mousemove default action

Chrome allowed canceling mousemove events to prevent other APIs like text selection (and even drag-and-drop in the past). This does not match other major browsers; nor does it conform to the UI Event spec. Now text selection will no longer be the default action of mousemove. Text selection and drag-and-drop can still be prevented through canceling selectstart and dragstart events respectively.

This feature will be rolled out slowly starting from Chrome 125, and is expected to be available to all users by Chrome 126.

Demo | Tracking bug #40078978 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

Regular expression modifiers

Regular expression modifiers adds the ability to locally modify the i, m, and s' flags inside a pattern.

To enable a flag for a subexpression, use (?X:subexpr) where X is one of i, m, or s. To disable a flag for a subexpression, use (-X:subexpr).

For example, for the case-insensitivity i flag:

const re1 = /^[a-z](?-i:[a-z])$/i;
re1.test("ab"); // true
re1.test("Ab"); // true
re1.test("aB"); // false

const re2 = /^(?i:[a-z])[a-z]$/;
re2.test("ab"); // true
re2.test("Ab"); // true
re2.test("aB"); // false

ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

Regular expression duplicate named capture groups

Duplicate named capture groups lets you use the same capturing group name across alternatives. For example

const re = /(?<year>[0-9]{4})-[0-9]{2}|[0-9]{2}-(?<year>[0-9]{4})/;

In this case, year is valid for either the 1st alternative ((?<year>[0-9]{4})-[0-9]{2}), or the 2nd alternative ([0-9]{2}-(?<year>[0-9]{4})).

ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

Chrome Apps

Direct Sockets API in Chrome Apps

This update helps ease the transition of specialized apps from Chrome Apps to Isolated Web Apps by enabling Direct Sockets in Chrome Apps, letting web apps establish direct transmission control protocol (TCP) and user datagram protocol (UDP) communications with network devices and systems.

ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

New origin trials

FedCM Button Mode API and Use Other Account API

This origin trial includes the following two FedCM APIs.

The Button Mode API lets websites call FedCM inside a button click, such as clicking on a Sign-in to IdP button. This requires FedCM to guarantee it always responds with a visible user interface, as opposed to widget mode, which doesn't show a UI when users log out. Calling the FedCM API in button mode takes users to login to the IdP (in a dialog window), when users are logged-out.

Also, because the button mode is called within an explicit user gesture, the UI may also be more prominent (for example, centered and modal) compared to the UI from the widget mode (which doesn't have such explicit intention). Learn more about how the Button Mode API works in FedCM updates: Button Mode API origin trial, CORS and SameSite

The Use Other Account API lets an Identity Provider allow users to sign in to other accounts.

Origin Trial | Demo | Tracking bug #40284792 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Explainer

Foldable APIs

This origin trial includes the Device Posture API and Viewport Segments Enumeration API. These APIs are designed to help developers target foldable devices.

Origin trial for Foldable APIs | Origin Trial | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

Deprecation trial for prefixed HTMLVideoElement Fullscreen properties and methods

This deprecation trial lets you opt back into support for the prefixed HTMLVideoElement properties and methods if you need more time to adjust your code.

Origin Trial | ChromeStatus.com entry

Skip preload scanning

Skips the preload scanner to explore performance tradeoffs for pages with no sub-resource fetches.

The preload scanner step benefits performance of pages with sub-resource fetches, through implementation of the speculative prefetch. However, for pages that don't benefit from this step, that is, for pages with no sub-resources, this is additional processing overhead with little benefit.

For advanced web users who would like to benefit by reducing this overhead, this experiment provides a page-level control to disable the preload scanner. Data collected from this experiment could evaluate if a modified API or a different implementation of the HTML preload scanner would be helpful.

Origin Trial | Tracking bug #330802493 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Explainer

Deprecations and removals

Remove "window-placement" alias for permission and permission policy "window-management"

Removes the "window-placement" alias for permission and permission policy "window-management". This is part of a larger effort to rename the strings by eventually deprecating and removing "window-placement". The terminology change improves the longevity of the descriptor as the Window Management API evolves over time.

Tracking bug #40842072 | ChromeStatus.com entry | Spec

Removal of Enterprise policy: NewBaseUrlInheritanceBehaviorAllowed

The underlying code change (enable new base URL inheritance behavior) that this enterprise policy overrides has been enabled in stable releases since August 2023 (Chrome 118). Since known issues have been dealt with, this enterprise policy has been removed in Chrome 125.

ChromeStatus.com entry

Removal of prefixed HTMLVideoElement Fullscreen properties and methods

The prefixed HTMLVideoElement fullscreen APIs have been deprecated since Chrome 38. They were replaced by Element.requestFullscreen(), which first shipped un-prefixed in 2018 in Chrome 71.

The following properties and methods will be removed from HTMLVideoElement:

  • webkitSupportsFullscreen
  • webkitDisplayingFullscreen
  • webkitEnterFullscreen()
  • webkitExitFullscreen()
  • webkitEnterFullScreen() (note the different capitalization of the "S" in FullScreen)
  • webkitExitFullScreen()

Register for the deprecation trial listed in this post, if your site still relies on these and you need more time for updating code.

ChromeStatus.com entry

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