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These are the features which are being considered as exceptions that can land in Firefox 3.1 Beta 2:

Contents

Finishing work done for Beta 1

<video> front end

Owner: Justin Dolske
Bug(s): bug 448909

Goals

  • create useful control set to be provided by default when a <video> tag is used
  • make this control set themeable
  • ensure that it provides the appropriate set of function required for video playback

Status

  • visual design work complete and initial implementation posted
  • requires some platform fixes (bug 449159, bug 449282, bug 449307) in order to get scrub bar
  • landing initial implementation for beta 1, adding seek/scrub and other function for beta 2

Drag tab to create new window

Owner: Asaf Romano
Bug(s): bug 225680

Goals

  • allow users to drag a tab from the tabstrip onto the desktop and create a new window

Status

  • backend requirement (bug 113934) checked in
  • design specified
  • Mano's got a prototype working, some problems exist
  • might need some platform XUL fixes
  • landing initial implementation for beta 1

Plugin blocklisting UI

Owner: Dave Townsend
Bug(s): bug 391728, bug 391714, bug 449027

Goals

  • prevent users from running out of date plugins that represent security risks
  • prohibit users from using plugins known to be vulnerable
  • provide clear UI to explain why content is missing and how to update plugins

Status

  • new blocklist format created
  • work started on implementation
  • on target to land most for beta 1, need to think about startup notification for beta 2

Tab improvements

Owner: Dao Gottwald
Bug(s): bug 380960, bug 457187 via bug 347930, others

Goals

  • improve discoverability of tab operations
  • improve spatial mappings through use of animation

Status

  • tab strip is now shown by default
  • new tab button is now shown
  • designs provided for new animations
  • work underway and on target, some has landed for beta 1

Software Update Incompatible Add-ons

Owner: Robert Strong
Bug(s): bug 324121

Goals

  • only notify user about add-ons that don't have updates that make them compatible with an available application update

Status

  • target beta 2
  • EM work reviewed - not landed yet. Also waiting on go ahead from metrics
  • background check work completed - not reviewed yet
  • foreground check still needs work

Software Update Unprivileged User Notification

Owner: Robert Strong
Bug(s): bug 407875

Goals

  • notify unprivileged users about available application updates
  • if possible provide unprivileged users mechanism to apply update

Status

  • target beta 2
  • mechanism for Windows unprivileged users to apply update landed
  • front end still needs lots of work

New work for Beta 2

Private Browsing Mode

Owner: Mike Connor
Bug(s): bug 248970

Goals

  • have a mode in which no data is being logged about a user's browsing session
  • have controls that allow users to easily excise history and browsing traces retroactively

Status

  • backend mostly implemented & test framework created
  • some parts already landed
  • initial UI mockups available at bug 411929
  • UI work starting

Clear Private Data Improvements

Owner: Johnathan Nightingale
Bug(s): bug 453440

Goals

  • have controls that allow users to easily excise history and browsing traces retroactively

Status

  • initial UI discussion(s) started

Plugin installation experience

Owner: Rob Strong
Bug(s): bug 435788

Goals

  • restore experience from Firefox 2 where required plugins are discovered and installed for users

Status

  • target beta 2
  • need to create a new c++ component to run installers on a separate thread
  • installers that require a EULA should provide their own EULA
  • ui will be the same as the current ui

Improvements to Awesomebar

Owner: Dietrich Ayala
Bug(s): bug 455561 (see Places:Awesome++)

Goals

  • respond to feedback about Awesomebar being privacy invasive
  • complete interactions initially designed for Firefox 3
  • allow users to navigate data sets from their queries (ie: see everything tagged "foo")

Status

  • design work complete

Updates to Strata (default Windows theme)

Owner: Alex Faaborg
Bug(s): ?

Goals

  • fix awkwardness with existing weighting, shape and texture of toolbar icons
  • add missing icons that didn't make Firefox 3

Status

  • contract work begun with several design agencies
  • missing icons completed, ready to chop and land

Changes to search plugin update format

Owner: Mike Connor
Bug(s): ?

Goals

  • change update mechanism for searchplugins to help providers

Status

Security Error Page Polish & Fixups

Owner: Johnathan Nightingale
Bug(s): bug 441624 bug 431826 bug 433324 bug 439062 bug 433422 ...

Goals

  • respond to feedback about unfriendliness of existing SSL error page UI
  • streamline the interaction for getting users to complete tasks safely
  • reword error messages to be more humane
  • include better support for reporting errors in malware/phishing pages

Status

  • bugs on file
  • triaging for importance

Under evaluation

Opensearch UI improvements

Owner: Ryan Flint
Bug(s): bug 403961?, bug 119087

Goals

  • replace OpenSearch discovery UI with something more useful
  • always provide "search this site" functionality

Status

  • preliminary design work completed
  • implementation work started

New Tab Experience

Owner: Asaf Romano
Bug(s): bug 455553

Goals

  • provide better support for user tasks when a user opens a new tab

Status

  • initial designs provided
  • prototype implementation underway

Adding site specific functionality to site identity button

Owner: Johnathan Nightingale
Bug(s): ?

Goals

  • complete design work intended for Firefox 3
  • add site-specific operations to drop-down menu on site button (forget passwords, show popups, allow cookies, zoom, etc)

Status

  • all functionality already exists
  • design work completed
  • evaluating implementation requirements

Use asynchronous queries for awesomebar

Owner: Shawn Wilsher
Bug(s): bug 455555

Goals

  • speed up awesomebar queries
  • reduce CPU and disk I/O impact

Status

  • preliminary research completed and indicating that speedups can be realized
  • published asynchronous API for mozStorage
  • initial patches up in bug; first reviewable patch likely by 10/08/2008