Reader Mode for desktop Firefox may be here in 16 weeks

3 September, 2012 § 11 Comments

This past week started the beginning of another semester-long student project. You may remember that in Spring 2012, there was a similar project to implement in-content preferences for Firefox. There is still a little bit more work to do for in-content preferences, but it’s not too far away from being enabled by default in our Nightly builds [1].

This semester there will be four students from Michigan State University working on implementing a Reader Mode for desktop Firefox. Firefox for Android has a Reader Mode, and it’s something we’d like to bring to the desktop now.

Reader Mode is about bringing a smooth and beautiful reading experience to Firefox Mobile. It removes all the clutter from web pages and shows you only what you want to read in a minimalist UI.

Lucas Rocha of the Firefox for Android team is helping mentor the project with me. I’m very excited to have Lucas’ help, as he implemented Reader Mode once already and will bring to the table his valuable experience. Lucas is also very active in the community, helping new contributors get involved with Mozilla.

I plan to post weekly updates on the progress of the work that the students are doing. The project is running from 29 August to 5 December.

[1] The current work to bring the in-content preferences user interface up to par is being tracked in bug 754344.

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