I’m currently working on an update to Googlebar Lite, and I’m debating whether or not to drop some of the more outdated locales. I wrote a Perl script to gather some data about the locales, and this is what it reports as of my current development snapshot:
The 4 locales most out of date are el-GR, hr-HR, pt-BR, and sk-SK. Those are currently the ones I’m considering tossing out, but I also could make a case for tr and zh-CN. My non-scientific rule of thumb has been that I toss out locales that get to be more than 20% out of date (meaning that a sum total of 20% of strings either match or are missing). I’ll give this a few more days to think about it. Do you have any ideas as to what I should do? If so, feel free to leave a comment below.
After sitting on an XHTML Strict template for years and years, I’ve finally migrated this site’s theme to HTML 5. A number of new elements have been put to use, styles have been trimmed a little, and I’m using one less web-font. Hopefully I haven’t broken too much; if you spot something, let me know in the comments below. As always, expect sporadic updates as I add polish.
In their march to copy Google Chrome, Mozilla is moving Firefox to a multi-process architecture. The code name for this project is Electrolysis. As of this writing, this project’s integration target for released levels of Firefox is at the end of 2015. Dates can always slip, and are likely to, but that target seems real soon now.
Frustratingly, Mozilla has been surprisingly quiet about this upcoming change, at least from a developer standpoint. For months the Mozilla Add-ons Blog has promised upcoming articles on the changes necessary for add-on authors, but as of this writing, nothing has appeared. What documentation does exist is, as usual, poorly written. The examples they provide aren’t real-world enough for me to fully understand.
It frightens me that Mozilla should be so lackadaisical about evangelizing these changes. This architecture shift will affect the vast majority of add-ons in one form or another. I verified tonight in a nightly build that both Googlebar Lite and CoLT are affected by this change, the former being broken in a number of areas. It seems to me that Mozilla should shift their evangelism of this new architecture into high gear. Every developer who cares about application compatibility needs to be working on these changes sooner rather than later; otherwise, a ton of add-ons won’t work properly come release day.
The “search words” feature of Googlebar Lite is a popular feature. But when Googlebar Lite lives on the same toolbar as the URL bar (the “nav-bar”), it doesn’t play nicely with everyone else. As you type words into the search box, everything to the left of the Googlebar Lite toolbar shrinks horizontally. This is a direct result of the search word buttons that appear as you type.
Starting in the next release, I plan on introducing a fix to this problem. When the Googlebar Lite toolbar is placed on the “nav-bar” toolbar, the search words overflow button will appear. As you type search words into the search box, they will appear as items in this button’s associated menu. Here’s a screenshot to illustrate this change in action:
This tweak should fix the associated problems that today’s design contains, while maintaining access to the search words for those who use that feature. Note that this mode will only activate in the aforementioned scenario (i.e. Googlebar Lite living in the nav-bar). When on its own toolbar, Googlebar Lite’s search words will appear today as they always have.
I’m interested to hear what everyone’s thoughts are on this change. I think it will be helpful, but I want to make sure I’m not breaking any scenarios that I may have overlooked. Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.
The final photo album from my honeymoon has finally been posted (it sure took long enough to get this far!). This last album showcases the many sights we saw at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visiting this park marked the first time I’d ever been on an active volcano, smelled naturally occurring sulfur gas, and seen dramatic evidence of past lava flows. It’s a remarkable national park that I highly recommend.
I have just posted the fifth (and final) album from our visit to Maui during our honeymoon. This album focuses on the many sights we saw while driving the Road to Hana. The final two albums from our honeymoon, both showcasing the Big Island of Hawaii, will be posted this week. Stay tuned for the conclusion!
Photos from our visit to Ali’i Lavender Farm on Maui have just been posted. I got some great macro shots in this series. I haven’t been able to identify every flower in this series, but in the interest of time I’m posting these so I can get to the rest of our photos before year’s end.