Mozilla published information about a project yesterday that analyzed how bookmarks are currently used in the Firefox browser to look at solutions to making bookmarks a better experience for users of the browser.
Chris Lee, one of the project members, designed a prototype around some of the findings which has been around for a couple of month. What made this a bit of a secret extension until now was that it did not get posted on the official Firefox add-ons repository but on Github only.
The Firefox add-on Mozaic was highlighted by Chris today, and while it is far from complete or exactly the way Firefox bookmarks will look like in the future, it does highlight some of the changes that Mozilla is envisioning for bookmarks in the browser.
You can head over to Github to download and install the latest add-on file. The extension adds a new icon to the main Firefox toolbar that looks exactly like the bookmarks icon, only without the down arrow next to it.
A click on the new bookmarks icon opens a new page in the browser that displays a visual representation of all bookmarks known to the browser.
Bookmarks are divided into groups like Bookmarks Toolbar, Bookmarks Menu or Unsorted Bookmarks. Each bookmark is listed with its page title and a fairly large thumbnail next to it.
You will notice that many features are not implemented yet. While you can click on a bookmark to be taken to the web page, you can't use the edit button to edit them, or use the buttons at the top to switch to a different layout or to the tabs or history which are also displayed here.
The majority of thumbnails for the bookmarks would not render which is probably caused by the disabled browsing history in my version of Firefox. The exactly same issue is also noticed on the new tab page where thumbnails are also not generated.
Here are my initial thoughts on the idea:
The idea seems impracticable to me. It may work if you only have a dozen or so bookmarks, but anything beyond that and your workflow slows down considerable if you have to use the interface. I do not mind the change if Mozilla keeps the existing options as they are.
What's your take on the design and the future of bookmarks in general?
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