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Firefox 3.2 to get natural-language command support

Posted on Tuesday, February 10 2009 @ 21:36:13 CET by

Firefox architect Mike Connor unveiled in an interview that Firefox 3.2 will integrate the natural-language commands from Firefox extension Ubiquity. Additionally, Firefox 3.2 will also get Prism, a feature that can turn web apps into desktopish apps, and a lightweight theming feature.
Ubiquity is still available as an experimental browser extension from Mozilla Labs, and developers have written scores of custom commands for it. The extension needs users to bring up the command input box by hitting control-space, but according to Connor, Firefox 3.2 will integrate it right into the address bar. Firefox's address bar (a.k.a. the "Awesome Bar") already does automatic keyword searches in users' history and bookmarks.

Aside from Ubiquity integration, Connor said Firefox 3.2 will include a "lightweight theming" feature that will let folks "customise the design of the browser without downloading separate extensions." The new browser will also feature Prism, a feature that can turn web apps into "pseudo desktop apps" with their own Windows shortcuts—something Google's Chrome already implements.



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