Mozilla Wants You to Help with Ubiquity 0.5
Article by George Norman
On 01 Jun 2009
Last week, on Friday, the Mozilla Foundation called on its community to help the development process of Firefox 3.5 as it moves to Release Candidate status. Mozilla is once again calling for your help, but this time it is with Ubiquity 0.5. The 0.5 version of Ubiquity will be rolled out by the middle of the month and according to Mozilla Labs it is “a fairly major update” that comes with several mods and new features.

If you write code, then you can help Ubiquity out by doing the following: learning how to develop for Ubiquity, finding a bug to work on, and helping the team out in reviewing some patches. If you do not write code, your help is welcomed as well; you can help improve the built-in commands documentation, help improve the contents of the interactive tutorial, and you can help in reproducing some bugs.

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With Ubiquity 0.5, the Mozilla Labs is trying to accomplish a total of 5 goals:
1. Make it easier for the user to learn what Ubiquity is all about.
2. Give Ubiquity 0.5 support for at least three usable languages.
3. Input should be more flexible, should allow for more consistency and there should be no more hyphens in command names.
4. Perform usability research as outlined in the Test Pilot program.
5. Address bug problems and make built-in commands better.

“In order to complete all of these goals, we’ll need the help of everyone in the Ubiquity community. And I don’t just mean developers — command authors and regular Ubiquity users are just as important! There is a lot you can do to help make this release a success, even if you are not a programmer and don’t know the first thing about JavaScript. If you’ve been thinking about getting involved in Ubiquity development, either by writing code or in one of the many other ways you can contribute, now would be a great time,” said Jono DiCarlo on behalf of the Ubiquity development team.

Additional details on how you can help out are available here.





Tags: Mozilla, Mozilla Labs, Firefox, Ubiquity
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