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Theme Refinement and Evolution (Australis)
Stage Shipped
Status Complete
Release target Firefox 29
Health OK
Status note In stabilization


Product manager Asa Dotzler
Directly Responsible Individual Stephen Horlander
Lead engineer `
Security lead Curtis Koenig
Privacy lead `
Localization lead `
Accessibility lead `
QA lead Paul Silaghi, Cornel Ionce
UX lead Stephen Horlander
Product marketing lead `
Operations lead `
Additional members Matthew Noorenberghe, Blair McBride, Jared Wein

Open issues/risks


Stage 1: Definition

1. Feature overview

Firefox 4 has established a strong visual foundation with the theme/UI refresh. Going forward we can incrementally build on that foundation focusing on consistency, precision and refinement.

This feature falls primarily in the Experience category (from the "Discover, Experience, and Connect" vision statement.)

  • Consistency: Unify consistent elements throughout the UI such as colors, margins, padding, spacing and border radii
  • Precision: Stricter adherence to detailed design specs
  • Refinement: Evolve and polish the existing UI

Major Changes

  • All Platforms
    • Curved tabs
    • Remove tab affordance from background tabs
    • Separate Bookmark Star from locationBar and merge with Bookmarks Menu item
    • Updated Panel Based Application Menu and Customization Mode
  • Windows (All)
    • Draw entire window frame including Caption Buttons
  • Windows XP
    • Custom window frame style for all default themes


  • All Platforms
    • Unify the interface to include consistent border-radii, dimensions, spacing, margins, icons and color palette
    • Refine all aspects of the existing UI
    • Update In-Content UI Styles

2. Users & use cases

All Users

3. Dependencies

  • Implement window frame in XUL – bug 590945
  • Tabs in titlebar support for OSX – bug 625989
  • Ability to manipulate window controls for OSX
  • Create a plan for addressing Linux platform limitations

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

bug 732583

Stage 5: Release

10. Landing criteria


Feature details

Priority P1
Rank 4
Theme / Goal `
Roadmap User Experience
Secondary roadmap `
Feature list Desktop
Project `
Engineering team Desktop front-end

Team status notes

  status notes
Products ` `
Engineering ` `
Security ` `
Privacy ` `
Localization ` `
Accessibility ` `
Quality assurance testing in progress Test Plan
User experience ` `
Product marketing ` `
Operations ` `