Adblock Plus roadmap changes - Firefox Sync and Electrolysis · 2010-07-09 04:26 by Wladimir Palant
- The API is relatively stable now so an extension integrating with Firefox Sync should no longer expect to be broken all the time.
- Fennec (Firefox Mobile) already has Firefox Sync built-in (ok, that wasn’t really news, it was announced on Planet earlier).
- Firefox 4 will likely have Sync built-in as well, work on that is underway.
- There is probably a simpler way to integrate with Firefox Sync than what the Weave Sync for Adblock Plus add-on does right now.
So I decided to change my plans. Weave Sync for Adblock Plus add-on will be scrapped. Instead I added built-in support for Firefox Sync to Adblock Plus 1.3 roadmap — tentative for now though I really hope to be able to do it despite other large changes on that list.
The other addition to the roadmap is support for Fennec 2.0 (unscheduled). Fennec recently started running chrome and content in separate processes, same change will likely come to Firefox after Firefox 4. The impact on Adblock Plus is very significant and restoring compatibility will not be easy from what I understood (especially if the same extension needs to continue supporting Firefox 3.6). I doubt that there will be time for these changes in the Adblock Plus 1.3 timeframe, fortunately there should still be time before Fennec 2.0 release.
In slightly unrelated news, I learned that there is still a chance that the Element Hiding Helper hotkey (Ctrl+Shift+K) will be freed again before Firefox 4 release, so I will not change it just yet. As people running Minefield or Firefox 4 beta 1 probably noticed, that hotkey is currently reserved for the new heads up display.
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