While it provides lots of information that can be useful for web developers it results overwhelming for end users. So, as one of Mozilla mentored Google 2006 Summer of Code projects, Florian Queze took this challenge with the goal of simplifying the page info dialog to make it something really useful for all users.
His work has landed in Firefox main code (the trunk) and is already available in today’s nightly. Here are some screenshots of the new window:
[kml_flashembed movie="/swf/newpageinfo.swf" height="571" width="428" /]
As you can see, some information has been removed to make it clearer, while two new tabs have been added:
- Feeds, appears for web pages serving web feeds only, so it is just another point to subscribe to web feeds.
- Permissions, is a welcome enhancement that allows to set per page settings like allow images, cookies and pop ups. I see great potential in this new interface specially if combined with Myk Melez’s Content Preferences, an extension which currently lets users set a text zoom level for each page, but also provides a foundation for storing more of them and making them accessible for extensions to set things like the dictionary and page encoding. This tab would morph then into a setting page rather than Permissions.
This is a nice improvement and the first relevant visible change coming to Firefox 3.
Via Henrik Gemal’s blog.