Status Update 4 of Reader Mode for desktop Firefox

11 October, 2012 § 2 Comments

This post covers the previous two weeks of work on the desktop implementation of Reader Mode for Firefox.

Over the past two weeks the bugs that the students have been working on have been reduced in scale in an effort to work more in parallel.

The team has put together an about:reader page, blank for now, that will in the future be the page that is loaded to render the reader-friendly view of the page.

They have also been hard at work on getting the Readability library moved from the Firefox for Android codebase to a shared location where both Android and desktop versions of Firefox can reference it.

Work has begun on getting a button within the location bar that will be shown when a page is considered “reader-friendly”. At this point the students have added a preference named reader.enabled, which when enabled will always show the reader button.

This work hasn’t made it into mozilla-central yet, but it is moving towards it. The students have an alpha presentation coming up for their class where they will demo what they’ve gotten working so far.

If you’d like to follow along on the work, you can CC yourself to the tracking bug for this work, bug 558882.

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§ 2 Responses to Status Update 4 of Reader Mode for desktop Firefox

  • tapper says:

    Hi will this reader mode be Accessible two screenreaders it wood be a good thing to have for a blind user so we can skip to the info we want insted of all the links and tables at the top of sum pages. if it is cud you and the team make a shortcut ke for the butten in the tool bar thanks.

    • msujaws says:

      Thanks for the comment. Accessibility is definitely one of the core requirements for this feature.

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