I've previously been able to keep Google Search fast and clean by disabling JavaScript but in the last 48 hrs (since May 20, 2019), they've changed something.

Now the results return with excess HTML formatting (see link to screenshot), with or without JavaScript. This makes for slower rendering, makes scanning long results-lists tedious, and hides or removes all of the clickable search parameters that existed before.

Now if I want to access any of these I have to go through Advanced Search to add them to the search page (as in my screenshot). Even eBay allows reversion to their “Classic” view when they screw with appearance, so has anyone else experienced this new Google for Babies styling excess since May 20, 2019 and managed to get rid of it?

I use Firefox ESR (because I use Windows XP) and would like to understand what has changed at Google's end rather than hear that I need to change my browser/OS/hardware.

Is this an HTML5 thing, or just the latest Firefox Fail after the recent plug-in signing debacle?

Google screenshot

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  • because I use Win XP but you shouldn't, not since 5 years ago, for anything internet related. – GabrielaGarcia May 22 at 16:06
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    @GabrielaGarcia You are generally correct, but Windows XP is still a very stable—although out of day—OS. That said, Microsoft released a patch this week… 5 years after officially ending support due to the severity of a security issue. – JakeGould May 22 at 16:08
  • GabrielaGarcia -- why respond to this question with a non-answer? The OP asks about a particular issue and you respond by telling the poster (in sniffy Bold) that he should be changing his OS despite his request that answers answer the question and don't address themselves to the antiquity of his software. The answer is that you don't know the answer. You should get in touch with Barclays Bank -- they still use Windows NT (for similar reasons that I still use Win XP) -- I'm sure they would love to hear from you... Thanks Jake, was unaware of that patch. – user3492855 May 22 at 16:38
  • @user3492855 Why are you referring to yourself as “the OP” in third person? The reality is just because many places still use outdated operating systems doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. And at the end of the day, the only group of people who can explain why Google has done what they did is Google. eBay having legacy support and Google not is a business decision and not a technical one. Utterly nobody here can help you with this kind of question. – JakeGould May 22 at 16:41
  • That's speculation Jake -- it Could be something to do with FF, as I alluded, not necessarily Google. Utterly Anybody here with FF ESR can help with this exact question. There are people in all walks of life that are ready to close-off inquiry prematurely, but it's surprising to see it here... – user3492855 May 22 at 17:36