New in Firefox Nightly: Experimenting with context menus
27 May, 2014 § 28 Comments
Starting today, users of Firefox Nightly will see a new look to the classic context menu.
Context menus on desktop browsers have changed very little since Firefox 1.0 was introduced. Meanwhile, new devices have brought new concepts to context menus. The context menu on Firefox for Android is much more graphical, showing recognizable symbols at a glance.
Switching frequently used menuitems to their iconic forms can improve the usability of the menu, as it can make it easier to find the menuitems at a glance as well as click on. One way to visualize the difference is by performing what is known as a “squint test”. The image on the left is the old Firefox context menu, and the image on the right is the new Firefox context menu.
Looking at the squint test above, not only is it easier to see the actions of the buttons at the top, but we can also see that the new menu feels a bit leaner.
We don’t have plans to switch all menuitems over to their iconic forms, mainly because many menuitems lack a well-understood graphical metaphor. We’ll keep experimenting with our context menus, hopefully adding the ability to customize them just like the rest of Firefox.
Known issues: The context menus found in today’s Firefox Nightly are still missing a couple finishing touches that we are going to follow up with:
- The icons being used are not the right size and are lacking HiDPI versions
- The bookmark star is not shown as filled-in when the page being right-clicked on is already bookmarked
- OSX is missing the inverted icons, currently showing grey icons on a blue-hovered background
Alas, icons in vertical row in FF32 4 me. Have you tested it with various add-ons like Menu Editor?
Yes, it is a known issue that there are problems with Menu Editor. There isn’t much that we can do about add-ons, except asking that the add-on author update their add-on. See https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1018197 for more information.
This has been causing many crashes for me, esp. when right clicking on embeded videos. I know we are moving to a one size fits all but I want full functionality on my desktop.
Are there specific websites that can reproduce the crash? That doesn’t sound good, and it would be good to get more information so we can fix it.
It looks good. But, can you add the STOP. I need the stop button where I can access it. I don’t think there’s one anywhere at all on this version, so I’m sticking with 31 until I know its there
The Stop button is there, but it is only present while the page is loading. This is what it looks like: http://screencast.com/t/1SzT1ooL