Saturday, June 26, 2004

New in Firefox!

In case you thought that Firefox 0.9 was it, then it just got better. Some of the changes that have made it to the Firefox Aviary Branch are

1) New Firefox secure site notification UI - The secure site indication has been moved from the statusbar to the URLbar. In addition, the color of the URLbar changes when depending on the security level of the web page the user is browsing. The whole idea behind this is to make the secure site indication more noticeable to the user. The icon in the statusbar is often overlooked. However, one thing that the developers had not considered is that many sites that make use of encryption, do so in a new window in which all bars including the URLbar is usually disabled. For example my bank does that. In such scenarios, the user will not get any indication of the encryption level. One way to get around this maybe to prevent sites from hiding the URLbar. Another concern many theme developers were having is that the URLbar will become too cluttered with icons (the favicon as well as the new secure site indication icon). Asa has a screenshot of how this looks in the default theme.

2) New bookmarks manager goodness - Myk Melez, has checked in changes to the bookmark manager. The new bookmark manager now has a windows explorer like interface. This should make organizing bookmarks easier. Head over to Asa's blog for a screenshot.

3) Winstripe updates and Firefox 0.9.1 - Firefox 0.9.1 is going to be released shortly. This is essentially a bug-fix release. It will not include the above changes. However, it will sport an update to the default theme. To see screenshots of the updated theme, checkout Neil's blog.


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