I’m preparing to write a few posts for the Add-ons Blog in which I’ll be covering Firefox 3.6 compatibility. Specifically, I’ll be talking about add-ons that are still popular in 3.6 and are holding some users back since they don’t have recent updates. Luckily, I’ve discovered that most of these add-ons have suitable replacements, so this is more a matter of telling users where to find them.
I mentioned this in passing in a dev.planning discussion, and someone brought up a couple of add-ons that are also in need of some developer love and I know won’t be mentioned in my upcoming posts. I was specially interested in them because they provide useful accessibility features and they are in need of support for Thunderbird and SeaMonkey, which admittedly we give little attention to.
Here they are:
- NoSquint. It currently supports Firefox. Apparently, older versions of this add-on supported SeaMonkey and Thunderbird, which is what we want. It is licensed under the GPL.
- Quote Colors. Works on older versions of Thunderbird and SeaMonkey, but it hasn’t been updated for a while. Judging by its usage stats, forcing compatibility makes it work, which would make it a fairly trivial fork. It is licensed under the MPL.
My recommendation when forking add-ons is to always try to approach the original developer first. The ideal case is that you can work together and get the new version out under the same add-on listing. However, if that doesn’t work, creating a new listing with the fork is the next best thing. Choose a name that relates to the original – so that users can find it – but not that close to be confusing. Something like “Quote Colors Updated” works.
Let me know if you know of any active forks or if you’re interested in taking any of these.