Two months ago I introduced Taskfox – a project aiming to introduce some of the ideas from Ubiquity into a future version of Firefox. There’s more information about this project in my initial introductory blog post and on the Taskfox wiki page.
We’ve been working steadily on the project since then, and a lot of progress has been made – to the point where Taskfox is both usable and useful. Which also means the project is at the stage where its very important and beneficial to have a lot more people run it daily – using it, testing it, and providing feedback. That’s where you come in.
There’s links to the latest builds at the end of this post, if you want to just jump right in to playing with it. But I’d like to go over a few things first.
Since Taskfox is still in development, there are only a limited number of tasks that are available for now. As of today, these are:
Additionally, your installed search engines will be automatically available as tasks. A list of other potential tasks is here: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Taskfox/Verbs
There’s also a few features that simply aren’t implemented yet:
- Simple keyboard navigation
- Localization of tasks
- Showing the task in the URL bar when visiting a related web page
- Task management
Thoughts and Feedback
I’d like to go over what thoughts and feedback would be most useful for us right now. Of course, any and all feedback is welcomed and appreciated – whether its big or small. But there are a few things we’d specifically like to get answers to for this round.
As you may recall, Taskfox has three basic principles:
- Taskfox must help users accomplish tasks
- Taskfox must be useful to all Firefox users
- Taskfox must be fast, secure, and extensible
We want to make sure that Taskfox sticks to these principles.
Beyond that, we want to know how it feels:
- Does it feel like Firefox?
- Does starting a task feel right?
- How does the process of performing a task feel?
- How does it meld with your workflow?
And finally, we want to know what you would change to make Taskfox even more useful.
- What tasks do you do regularly, that you wish could be done in one simple step?
- What tasks do you wish you could do in your browser, but are too complicated?
Where to provide feedback
There are plenty of ways you have give us feedback:
- Comment on this blog post
- Post to the dev-apps-firefox mailing list (also on Google Groups)
- Join #fx-team on IRC
- Join the weekly meeting every Thursday at 3:00pm PDT (10:00pm UTC)
- E-mail me directly (although I’d prefer one of the other ways)
Now for the goodies I promised. I’ll be generating builds regularly – some may have major changes, while others simply bug fixes. These builds are based off Minefield – a developmental branch of Firefox that contains the newest experimental code. While I try my best to make sure things aren’t broken, there are no guarantees.
Note that these build’s won’t (yet) automatically update. You’ll need to manually update them periodically. To make that easier, I’ll be updating the Latest Build link on the wiki, posting information on the dev-apps-firefox mailing list (also available through Google Groups), and posting to my blog (which is aggregated to Planet Mozilla).
I should also point out that since these are development builds, they’re only available in the en-US locale for now.