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Tools In Windows
Stage Landed
Status `
Release target Firefox 20
Health OK
Status note Landed in Firefox 20


Product manager Kevin Dangoor
Directly Responsible Individual Joe Walker
Lead engineer Paul Rouget
Security lead `
Privacy lead `
Localization lead `
Accessibility lead `
QA lead Simona Badau (:simonab)
UX lead `
Product marketing lead `
Operations lead `
Additional members `

Open issues/risks


Stage 1: Definition

1. Feature overview

We will need a presentation of developer tools that is separate from the browser window for a number of reasons:

  1. Users with multiple monitors
  2. Mobile developers initiating connections to remote devices
  3. Add-on developers
  4. Firefox developers

2. Users & use cases

User with Multiple Monitors

A user with multiple monitors wants to put their tools on one monitor while they have their main browsing window open on the other monitor.

3. Dependencies

4. Requirements

  1. Controls to pop the tools out into a separate window
  2. Ability to use the Developer Toolbar to switch views
  3. Web Console available from all views
  4. Reload the page from the tools window
  5. Ability to connect to remote browsers



Stage 2: Design

5. Functional specification


6. User experience design

See this presentation for some design points. The general idea is that the user will be able to pop tools out into windows.

Rob also suggested on a dev-apps-firefox thread that tools should be logically grouped so as not to have a huge collection of windows.

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 P1
Rank 4
Theme / Goal `
Roadmap Developer Tools
Secondary roadmap `
Feature list Desktop
Project `
Engineering team DevTools

Team status notes

  status notes
Products ` `
Engineering ` `
Security sec-review-needed
ID Summary Priority Status
807467 SecReview: Dev Tools in Windows -- RESOLVED

1 Total; 0 Open (0%); 1 Resolved (100%); 0 Verified (0%);

Privacy ` `
Localization ` `
Accessibility ` `
Quality assurance ` Test Plan
User experience ` `
Product marketing ` `
Operations ` `
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