content filtering, manipulation, and control in Firefox 3

Over in, Deb has posted an article about Firefox’s newly updated Feature Brainstorming list.

For the next version of Firefox, I’m going to take a particularly close look at the application’s feature set for content filtering, manipulation, and control.

I’ll look at the functionality Firefox currently provides, try to figure out what it should be providing (based on a variety of metrics), and identify a discrete set of changes (new features, enhancements, and even removal of existing code) which can provide evolutionary and/or breakthrough improvements to this area in the Firefox 3 timeframe.

I have a few ideas, which I’ve added to the brainstorming list; and others have added many more; but there are bound to be great ideas we haven’t yet captured.  So if you have some, please contribute them to the list!


Myk Melez

Myk is a Principal Software Architect and in-house entrepreneur at Mozilla. A Mozillian since 1999, he's contributed to the Web App Developer Initiative, PluotSorbet, Open Web Apps, Firefox OS Simulator, Jetpack, Raindrop, Snowl, Personas, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Bugzilla. He's just a cook. He's all out of bubblegum.


4 thoughts on “content filtering, manipulation, and control in Firefox 3

  1. I would like..Firefox playing better with memory:)

    Wouldn’t you piss of Yahoo/Google/etc by officially supporting blocking ads though?

  2. > Wouldn’t you piss of
    > Yahoo/Google/etc by
    > officially supporting
    > blocking ads though?

    Perhaps. And we certainly do want to consider the needs of web publishers–in addition to the needs of our users–when deciding what to implement in the browser.

    But note that just because an item is on the brainstorming list doesn’t mean we’re going to implement it.

    The purpose of the list is to cast a wide net to capture a broad array of potentially beneficial modifications to the browser.

    But we’ll ultimately implement only a subset of the list, analyzing each potential change against a set of criteria (identified as “metrics” in the original post) which takes into account the impact of the changes on both users and web publishers.

    So please don’t think the plan is to implement the items currently on the list (nor those soon to be added). That’s not the case at all.

  3. IMHO, ad blocking (possibly marketed as something else) is one of the main things that Firefox needs to improve on right now. Decent ad blocking with regex support and support for blocking not just images but Flash and other stuff too. Ideally, support for synching with a specified ad blocking list (like Filterset.G).

    Another extension I’d be able to dump then 😉

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