Mozilla collecting all web tools together in one directory

If you're a web developer, you'll hopefully be aware that there are many helpful (and free) tools designed to progress your quest for an epic website; the only problem with this, though, is that you have to find them. There is currently no centralized directory for all such tools, but Mozilla's fed up of this, and has set out to build one of their own, according to MoMB (via the folks at TechCrunch).

Mozilla has posted an entry on their official blog regarding the new site, with Ben Galbraith saying, "There are an immense number of tools that have been created to help web developers. Unfortunately, you might never know this; there's no central index of these tools. It turns out that keeping up with all the development in this space is really difficult–even for folks like us who have been tracking it every day for years." He continues to say that Mozilla wishes people to submit tools to the directory, via this URL., and to place feedback regarding features and usability of it, too. One idea on how they wish to display more info about a tool can be spotted here.

If you're running a modern browser, such as Firefox 3.5, Opera 10, Chrome 2 or Safari 4 (to name a few) you can already check out the project as it is, though note it's still in Mozilla Labs, so it's still a work in progress. This is great if you have a nifty tool that you wish to get out to the world, as that's exactly what Mozilla wants; submit your tools now, and place feedback here in the comments (or preferably, to Mozilla) on how things work out for you.

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IE can never be as good as Mozilla Firefox. I give you an example: free Plugins for video downloading, torrent tools and etc. Since its not an open source nobody can fix it not even microsoft itself. It never gonna happen. Trust me.

GreyWolfSC said,
IE has an AddOn API too. It has for quite some time.

I did not say It doesnot have extension API, but the point is: does it have a sort of variety plugins such as videoDownload helper or torrent bar? IE doesn't even have a proper built-in download manager. you have to install program for every single purpose since it is not plug-in based, it is active-x bases... I used to work with IE before I found firefox. but now I feel using IE is painful

It is a draft, it is not standard yet. If the shoe was on the other foot and IE did this everyone would be up shouting how IE is not standards compliant.

Canvas tag is part of Html 5 which is in draft still. How is this following standards? Its not even a standard. If it was the other way around there would be quite a few more posts!

blozzo said,
Canvas tag is part of Html 5 which is in draft still. How is this following standards? Its not even a standard. If it was the other way around there would be quite a few more posts!

A draft standard is still a standard. Yes, it could substantially change, no it's unlikely.

Firefox are using something that the web /will/ be moving towards. It's only a matter of time before IE supports canvas. It's pretty much the only browser that doesn't atm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of...es_%28HTML_5%29

The non-simple interface is a horrific hodepodge of tiny pictures with nearly unreadable titles and no clear way to return to the main page after clicking one.

The simple interface is at least readable. Ridiculous.

this thing is cool. i submitted a couple libraries that i use too.

@RaidenX - IE8 is Microsoft's best browser to date, but i would never call it "modern" Never mind that it spectacularly fails Acid3 (which is a pipe dream of stuff anyhow), how about a standards compliant JS engine, SVG and Canvas support and passing at least 75% of a modern css selector test: http://www.css3.info/selectors-test/test.html

"modern" compared to which browser exactly? ie6?

Leon

Modern enough to not have to be fed simple HTML table as an excuse for a site.
yes, it looks wonderful in Firefox/Chrome, but wow, mozilla didn't even try for browsers they don't consider modern

i'm sure they'll polish it once it gets out of the labs. who wants to waste time coding workarounds for IE-tastic JS quirks rather than releasing pilot projects. that site is 90% js.

my CSS test results

IE8
From the 31 selectors 22 have passed, 1 are buggy and 8 are unsupported (Passed 208 out of 270 tests)


FF 3.5
From the 43 selectors 43 have passed, 0 are buggy and 0 are unsupported (Passed 578 out of 578 tests)


i prefer FF3.5 because there is rare a page it can't render better/faster than IE
plus i love the addons like adblock

it seems mozilla is lazy to code web pages using proper standarts.
in any case simple looks much better than that mess.

I love how the site renders simple HTML if you use IE. As if IE8 isn't a modern browser. I'd rather stick with IE than use that P.O.S. Chrome, or Firefox

RaidenX said,
I love how the site renders simple HTML if you use IE. As if IE8 isn't a modern browser. I'd rather stick with IE than use that P.O.S. Chrome, or Firefox

Huh? IE 8 has a lot of features added to it, but it's still behind in precisely the web standards department and use to do horrible in benchmarks measuring compliance in the latest technologies. But sure, the web site should perhaps fall back prettier to IE8's limited standards compliance in more modern technologies.

It falls back because the site uses the canvas tag which is part of HTML5. As far as I'm aware, it's still a draft specification so i wouldn't says it's due to limited standards compliance.

@+Tony - I'm not being sarcastic. I prefer IE, with 60% of the browser market, there's a higher chance any site I go too will render properly in IE, standards compliant or not, it makes sense for developers to tailor there sites for IE. I use Chrome as well, but it's download manager(if you can call it that) is messy to say the least. At least with IE and Firefox which has the best download manager, I can close the browser without terminating a download. Firefox would be my primary browser if it's pop-up/under blocking wasn't the weakest of the three IMO...

IE8 has a download manager?

Firefox also has what I feel to be the best popup/advertisement blocker out there. I've even tried AdMunch in an attempt to switch to Chrome but I still find using that even to be pretty weak compared to Adblock Plus.

Extreme fanboy! So I'm wrong that Chrome is a lousy browser... I had thought that giving reasons for my browser choice would eliminate such a response