Features/Jetpack/Make Add-on SDK Hug the Web Harder

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Make Add-on SDK Hug the Web Harder
Stage Draft
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Product manager David Mason
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Stage 1: Definition

1. Feature overview

The Add-on SDK hugs the web, providing addon developers with a set of tools and APIs for building addons using common web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as well as popular web libraries and standards like jQuery and CommonJS.

But some aspects of the SDK environment are not as weblike as they could be. Addon code runs in a JavaScript context that does not have access to web globals like XMLHttpRequest. And the SDK doesn't support the emerging standard for modules in JavaScript (nor does Firefox at this point).

To reduce the barrier to entry for web developers to build Firefox addons to the absolute minimum, the SDK should provide the most weblike programming environment possible.

Additionally, we might support XHR, SetTimeout, and SetInterval

In the future we might even consider making the experience of developing an add-on resemble creating for the web by moving main.js to main.html and making the relative paths work as they do when developing a website.

2. Users & use cases

The target audience is addon developers. The use case is an add-on developer using the Add-on SDK (either directly or via the Add-on Builder) to build an addon.

3. Dependencies


4. Requirements




Stage 2: Design

5. Functional specification


6. User experience design


Stage 3: Planning

7. Implementation plan


8. Reviews

Security review


Privacy review


Localization review




Quality Assurance review


Operations review


Stage 4: Development

9. Implementation


Stage 5: Release

10. Landing criteria


Feature details

Priority P3
Rank 999
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Roadmap Jetpack
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Feature list Jetpack
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Engineering team Jetpack

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