The Absence of WebP, Some Lyrics for Mozilla

the Absence of WebP

To give some context WebP is a graphics format that Chrome’s Lighthouse Audit strongly encourages web developers to switch to.  It’s also a format that Firefox doesn’t support, probably for political reasons but I’m not entirely certain.

I’ve personally had a lot of problems with the new Firefox, I initially thought things had gotten better since the Quantum release but they haven’t, they’ve gotten worse and it caused me a lot of memory related issue so I don’t use it anymore.

Here are the lyrics of “The Absence of WebP”, let’s face it.. why get angry about it?  Surely it’s better to sing about it and have some fun instead, haha.

Hello Firefox, my old friend.
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping.

And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the absence of WebP.

In restless dreams I surfed alone.
Narrow streets of Mozilla stone
‘Neath the halo of an Ubuntu LAMP.
I turned my collar to the cold and damp

When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of an empty space
That split the web page
And confirmed the absence of WebP

And in the naked logs I saw
Ten million visitors, maybe more.
People browsing without seeing.
Mozilla talking without listening.

People looking at blank WebP spaces because
Firefox never shares.
And no one dared
Disturb the absence of WebP.

“Fools,” said I, “You do not know”
Absence of WebP like a cancer grows:
Hear my words that I might teach you.
Take my arms that I might reach you,
FFS implement WebP”

But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of Firefox hell.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon Chrome Google made.
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming.

And the sign said,
“The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whispered because of the absence of WebP
Default browser? Firefox will never be.

— The Absence of WebP

Chrome can do it, Opera can do it, WTF Mozilla.



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