Ubiquity 0.5: Call for Participation


Labs is working on a new release of Ubiquity, tentatively scheduled for mid-June. It’s a fairly major update with a lot of changes and new features; major enough to deserve to be called Ubiquity 0.5.

The main goals for Ubiquity 0.5 are as follows:

  1. Make Ubiquity easier to learn with better organized documentation and help content, and a new interactive tutorial that walks users from zero to basic competence in a few minutes.
  2. Internationalize Ubiquity with a new parser that can handle the grammars of many languages. We’re aiming to release Ubiquity 0.5 with at least three usable languages; more are in development. This is thanks to the hard work of our extremely dedicated Ubiquity internationalization community.
  3. Implement a more flexible way of handling input that will allow for more consistency, and no more hyphens, in command names. (more about the proposed change here.)
  4. Begin doing usability research on Ubiquity as part of the new Test Pilot program.
  5. As always, fix bugs and improve built-in commands.

In order to complete all of these goals, we’ll need the help of everyone in the Ubiquity community. And I don’t just mean developers — command authors and regular Ubiquity users are just as important! There is a lot you can do to help make this release a success, even if you are not a programmer and don’t know the first thing about Javascript.

If you’ve been thinking about getting involved in Ubiquity development, either by writing code or in one of the many other ways you can contribute, now would be a great time! Below are some ways that you can get started.

If you write code…

If you don’t write code…

— Jono DiCarlo, on behalf of the Ubiquity development team

6 responses

  1. Ben S wrote on :

    Thank you so much for this news!
    I am new to ubiquity and am just an end user, not a developer, but it is amazing knowing about all of these great changes!!

  2. efluvio wrote on :

    looking forward to it!

  3. Desiree V wrote on :

    Love Mozilla and anything I can do to help..I’m there!!

  4. Dylan Berg (A2ZVideoGames.com) wrote on :

    This sounds absolutely amazing, Is there going to ever be the possibility of making this default in Firefox? TY, for all your hard work on this.

  5. Wahooney wrote on :

    Great news indeed 🙂

    Is there a link to an alpha or beta of 0.5?

  6. Solomon Hilliard wrote on :

    I am a somewhat experienced C++ coder and I’d like to develop a Ubiquity extension /commands that can track packages(UPS, USPS, etc), unless someone more experienced is already working on something similar.

    Any help or info you can give would be greatly appreciated.