October 29, 2008

Fennec and add-ons

Add-ons are as central to the idea of Fennec as they are to desktop Firefox, so this is great to see: prolific add-on author Chris Finke has added Fennec compatibility to his addon URL Fixer.

From an interface perspective, this chunk of Fennec is still a work in progress (see some design wireframes here); what you see in alpha 1 is more or less straight out of desktop Firefox. Still, it gets the job done, which means that we can walk through the process:

Above is the AMO page for URL Fixer. Soon AMO will recognize Fennec and offer direct installation, but for the moment, I just had to feed Fennec the XPI. When I did so I got the following:

So, clearly here's a dialog that needs some mobile-design attention. Still, when I tapped "Install Now," it actually went and did so. When I then moved over to the add-ons manager, URL Fixer had already finished installing. (Yes, we need to get some of our browser-level notifications in (as demonstrated over that link in a downloads context), so that users will know that things have happened.) So:

Tapping "Restart Fennec" did what it should. When it came back up, I went and looked in the add-ons manager again, and there it was, safely installed:

And it works!

So, much cleaning up to do interface-wise, but add-ons work, and that's great. Thanks Chris! (And Mark, of course!)

Posted by madhava at October 29, 2008 05:02 PM
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