Firefox/Features/URL Autocomplete

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Inline URL autocomplete
Stage Landed
Status Complete
Release target Firefox 14
Health OK
Status note Landed in m-c ( backed out for 12, and again for 13 (bug 746572).


Product manager Asa Dotzler
Directly Responsible Individual Alex Limi
Lead engineer Marco Bonardo
Security lead `
Privacy lead `
Localization lead `
Accessibility lead `
QA lead Vlad Ghetiu (irc: vladg)
UX lead Alex Limi
Product marketing lead `
Operations lead `
Additional members `

Open issues/risks


Stage 1: Definition

1. Feature overview

Enabling autocomplete inline in the URL entry field makes it easier to enter often-typed URLs, and make our browser feel a lot faster, since the user gets immediate feedback on where we think they will go.

We stopped “speaking URL” when AwesomeBar came along, and it makes us seem slower when typing a URL. A large portion of people still "speak URLs" when navigating the internet, and we currently do a bad job at accommodating these people.

We propose to turn on inline autocomplete, with some additional changes that make it stop completion at URL boundaries (e.g. "/").

2. Users & use cases


3. Dependencies


4. Requirements

A working, tested implementation that satisfies the design specification in bug 566489.



Stage 2: Design

5. Functional specification


6. User experience design

Interaction is described in bug 566489.

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 P2
Rank 999
Theme / Goal Experience
Roadmap User Experience
Secondary roadmap Firefox Desktop
Feature list Desktop
Project Responsiveness
Engineering team Desktop front-end

Team status notes

  status notes
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Engineering ` `
Security sec-review-unnecessary `
Privacy ` `
Localization ` `
Accessibility ` `
Quality assurance Testing in progress Test Plan
User experience OK Seems to work well, some slight performance issues with the URL bar that may or may not be related to this particular change.
Product marketing ` `
Operations ` `