Status Update 9 of Reader Mode for desktop Firefox
3 December, 2012 § 15 Comments
This is the final week for the students working on the Reader Mode project for Firefox. The students will be presenting their final work on Friday to a panel of judges at Michigan State’s Design Day.
Reader mode now mostly works at prototype-level functionality. There is still some more work and lots more testing to do.
The team has asked for help with testing on Windows & Linux, as well as switching tabs. When a tab is switched to, the document is parsed for its readability score. We want to make sure that we don’t regress tab switching times as well as increase memory usage by the introduction of the feature.
I pushed their current patch to our Try servers so you can help test. When it is finished building, they should be available to download and play with here*. After downloading the build, go to
about:config and set reader.enabled=true.
*Update: I have heard from at least one person that the Windows build isn’t working correctly.
Without further ado, here is the team’s project overview video.
The team also is planning on tweaking the size of the toolbar button so it doesn’t stretch the URL bar vertically. This is a subtle bug that you can see in the team’s project video.
Further work for Reader Mode will include moving the in-page adjustments to a toolbar at the top of the page, as well as adding a Sepia color mode.
The team updated the current work-in-progress patch on the meta bug.