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Meeting Details

  • 11:00am PST (19:00 GMT)
  • Mozilla HQ, 1st floor conference table
  • +1 866 216 2181
  • join #bonecho for attendance taking

In Attendance

Hmmm... didn't get a good list


  1. Alpha 1 (Status)
  2. Alpha 2 (Targetted work)
  3. Development Roundtable
  4. Any other business

Alpha 1 Status


  • all work on alpha 1 features has landed and is complete
    • places infrastructure
    • undo close tab (pushed to A2)
    • tab overflow (pushed to A2)
    • extension blocklisting
    • extension dependencies
    • search plugin format changeover & sherlock importer
    • spell-as-you-type (pushed to A2)
    • instrumentation infrastructure (note: blocked on server-side)
    • RSS parser (not reviewed in time, pushed to A2)
    • RSS content detection

Release Issues & Timing

  • Last check-in was around 5:30pm PST on 3/20/06. The build has been tagged
  • The message to the community should be that this is a developers release!
  • branding changes complete
    • rv=2.0a1
    • product name=Bon Echo
    • about graphic changed
    • action: need to finish new pages before pushing to the wire (see: bug 331121)

Alpha 2

  • alpha2 is "Feature Complete" according to the proposed roadmap
    • this means that all feature work is done, but UI can still be in progress using placeholder dialogs and strings
    • feedback from A2 should be used to revise the UI for the features
    • intended for high-risk early adopters
  • action: ensure that work targetted for A2 is marked with the appropriate milestone in BugZilla
  • action: need to start scoping work for A2 and delivering estimates so we can plan and track to a date (approx 2 months)
  • action: group to comment on substance of PRD especially as it relates to Bon Echo Alpha 2

Developer Roundtable

Add notes about work being actively done at the moment, areas where you'll need help/review, or things which the rest of the team should be made aware of. Leving the section blank or linking to current discussion threads in dev.apps.firefox is perfectly acceptable.

Visual Refresh

Bookmarks and History

User Experience: Tabbed Browsing

User Experience: Session Restore

  • Patch in the review/edit cycle. No other news.

User Experience: Spell Check

Feeds: Parser

Feeds: UI

Extension Manager: UI

  • Will have the wiki finished by the end of the week and emails sent to the dev.apps.firefox list for further discussion.

Extension Manager: Blocklisting

  • landed... so far the only regressions are a couple of ui glitches that were known prior to landing and will be fixed by the Extension Manager UI rewrite.
  • Going to try to finish plugin blocklisting for Alpha 2.

Extension Manager: Locale Packs

  • Nothing new

Search: UI

Search: Plugin Format

Distribution: Installer

  • Nothing new - focusing on Extension Manager code currently and will move on to the installer once most of that work is complete.

Distribution: EULA

Distribution: Channel Support

Infrastructure: Performance

Infrastructure: Platform Uplift

  • SVG textPath landed, minor regressions also fixed.
  • Unicode-XPCOM-file-path work still underway, no ETA for trunk or branch landing.
  • Looking for other perf (time and space) wins.
    • Need to measure with an updated cairo and see which camp's predictions hold!

Infrastructure: Instrumentation

Security: Phishing

Security: SSL

  • beltzner attended a W3C workshop on "Usability and Web Authentication" last week (you can check out his position paper and presentation (big, flash, sorry!))
    • most plausible suggestions for Firefox2 timeframe were Google Safe Browsing, some form of heuristic detection based on browsing history and bookmarks, use of <browsermessage> notification, potentially a mechanism for disabling JS and other technologies that assist spoofing on SSL signin pages, and APIs to allow easy integration of third party tools for security
    • W3C will be producing notes and summary soon, I'll link to that as we get it
    • will follow up with Sherman offline about phishing-related discussions


Other Business