With Firefox 3 getting ever closer to release it is time (well, past time) to start thinking about the future. The Extension Manager has seen quite a number of improvements since Firefox 2. Many were designed to be invisible, generally improving stability and fixing oddities. Some are extremely visible such as the new security requirements and the addons.mozilla.org integration. The question is, what’s the next step for add-ons management?
Here are a few ideas that are floating around my mind to get you started:
- Installing add-ons without restarts
- Presenting more detail in the install dialog
- Simplifying the UI
- Deprecating install.rdf and replacing with a simpler xml or json format
- Add-on dependencies with automatic resolution
So what have I missed? Please keep any comments restricted to add-ons management, either as a user installing and using add-ons or as a developer writing add-ons. While I am interested in the future of Firefox as a whole I don’t want this to be a mass feature request for the product.