about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.
Reader Mode Hitting the Home Stretch
For over three months, four students from Michigan State University have been working on a Reader Mode for the desktop version of Firefox, which allows you to read long texts on websites easier than ever before. The students finished their final week, and you can already see the amazing result: A feature that lets you read websites smoother and more beautiful by removing all the clutter. In his latest blog post, Jared Wein tells you how to get your hands on an experimental build and test it on your own computer.
Art Meets the Open Web
In his latest blog post, Matt Thompson announces the three recipients of the first-ever Open(Art) Fellowships. Each of the three lucky fellows, who were selected from an open call for proposals, have received over $15,000 to develop their exciting projects. The Open(Art) initiative is all about supporting creativity at the intersection of art and the open web. The first project, Meemoo, comes from Forrest Oliphant – it’s an HTML5 data flow programming environment that blurs the line between developer and user. Learn more about the other two projects on the Mozilla blog.
Firefox Tip: Search By Typing
This week, we have an useful Firefox Tip for you. Searching for phrases on a website is pretty easy, thanks to Firefox’s built-in search feature. But what if you could just start typing the word you’re looking for and instantly see the results without having to open the find bar? Well, by clicking a single checkbox, you can activate this feature! Simply open the options, select the advanced panel, click on the general tab and check “Search for text when I start typing”. Visit the consumer blog The Den if you want to get to know more about this feature.
Rethinking the Architecture of Webmaker
Jess Klein, a designer based in New York, had a design sprint a few weeks ago. It was all about what it would mean for somebody to navigate to Webmaker.org and experience it as a user, not a visitor. The results of the sprint are pretty clear: There are five things that need to happen to convert visitors to users. The very first task is to overhaul the information architecture of the overall site. In her blog post, you can find an early version of the future sitemap along with the other exciting changes that will come. So take a sneak peek at the future of Webmaker today.
No More Autocorrect
If you’re a smartphone user, you probably know how useful the autocomplete feature can be in certain situations. However, autocorrect, autocapitalize and autocomplete can be pretty annoying sometimes. Now, here is the good news: As a developer, you can actually keep your users from getting frustrated when typing text on your website. David Walsh, a 29-year old web developer and evangelist for Mozilla, tells you how to disable these three native mobile features by just adding a few easy HTML attributes to your code.
Photo of the Week
People at Lipa City College’s IT Convention 2012
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Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!
10 Dec 2012 Jan Bambach