[Project_owners] Release notes for extensions

Adam Kowalczyk ancestor at o2.pl
Sun Sep 9 09:51:35 PDT 2007


Michael Vincent van Rantwijk, MultiZilla wrote:
> Matthew Wilson wrote:
>   
>> Just noticed that the following bug has been fixed:
>>
>> "Extension updates should link to further information"
>> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=297903
>>
>> Mockup UI for the bug:
>> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=277934
>>
>> Looks interesting for extension developers for FF3.
>>
>> Matthew
>>     
>
> What is so interesting?  Everything should go into one shitty tiny 
> little extension manager, which is everything but a browser window? 
> What about just adding a link instead, if that's not enough... well 
> nothing is.  Also, the average Mozilla Firefox user gives a peep about 
> this kind of bloat, because that's what it is.
>   

Why are you so negative? What exactly is "shitty" about the extension 
manager? I don't think this kind of rhetoric is very helpful. I don't 
see how this news isn't "interesting" either, because it's certainly 
something that impacts extension authors.

Anyway, I reckon it's a good idea. I think we can all agree that there's 
been a need to have a way to learn more about the new versions when 
updating. Many times I would go to AMO or to the extension's homepage 
and manually look for the changelog. As for displaying the information 
inline in the EM, I wouldn't call that bloat. Providing the user with a 
link is a lighter alternative but it's also less convenient. You have to 
open the page, leave the EM, close the tab once you're done and bring 
the EM back up.  The markup is going to be sanitized and limited to just 
a couple of the basic tags (<h1>, <ul>, <b> etc.) and it seems to fit 
quite well, even in the "tiny little" EM window.

Cheers,
Adam


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