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These Weeks in Firefox: Issue 26


Friends of the Firefox team

(Give a shoutout/thanks to people for helping fix and test bugs. Introductions)

Project Updates


Activity Stream

Browser Architecture

Electrolysis (e10s)

Firefox Core Engineering

Form Autofill

  • MVP
    • The gradual rollout of address autofill has started on Fx56 (1%)
    • Tuning site compatibility issues.
    • Improved heuristics algorithm about “cc-exp*” and “tel-national”
    • Polished UI
    • Credit card number deduplication in progress
  • V2
    • Enable localization on mozilla-central – Almost done (one bug left)
    • Clear button in the autocomplete dropdown – Patch ready
    • Section (multiple forms in one page)  support – Discussed architecture
    • Additional country support – Discussed architecture







Platform Audibles


  • We fixed a nasty bug that caused all containers to be removed when upgrading a container extension in Beta.

Search and Navigation

  • Address Bar & Search
    • The results mixture (showing Search Suggestions first) has been reverted for now. We’ll proceed differently, experimenting at first with new profiles who get a unified Address Bar experience by default
    • The follow-on search add-on was updated to 0.9.6 for FF 56 users

Sync / Firefox Accounts

Test Pilot

  • More experiments coming in Q1: tab split, voice assistant, theming
  • Firefox Screenshots
    • The story so far:
      • Page Shot got lots of usage + interest in Test Pilot
      • Work to graduate into Firefox started in 54 timeframe
      • Screenshots was the first WebExtension system addon
      • Shipped to release in 56 (rolled out Sept 28)
    • Since release:
      • 11 million shots, 5 million unique users
      • Downloads slightly outpacing uploads:
      • SHIELD worked well for rollout:
  • What’s next?
    • Q4: Build more features to ship in 58; run A/B tests on the site; perf optimization; user surveys; figure out how best to interact with the rest of Firefox
  • Open questions:
    • What’s a good user retention percentage?
    • Do Screenshots users have higher MAU/DAU?
    • How best to manage Github vs Bugzilla for bugs, reviews, code?
      • Every system addon does this differently right now
      • Interested in this? Let us know on #screenshots

3 comments on “These Weeks in Firefox: Issue 26”

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  1. Firefox user wrote on

    The Test Pilot web form is restricted to an organization and I’m not sure whether the hashtag is for IRC, Twitter or something else – a link would be great.


  2. Sören Hentzschel wrote on

    > Address Bar results are now constrained to the input field width to look more balanced

    This does not loook more balanced at all. It does not look that bad on my system with 1440px window width, but the screenshot in the article looks like a bug.

    > The results mixture (showing Search Suggestions first) has been reverted for now.

    Thank you for reverting! This was super annoying and I had to disable the suggestions because of this change. Now I can enable it again!

    But most important: Thank you for all your hard work. 😉


  3. David Johnson wrote on

    Thanks so much for fixing the “Updating container extensions resets containers if there is only a single container add-on” bug! The Mozilla team is fast and amazing, I appreciate the hard work.


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