The new and improved findbar… and the future?

Mike de Boer mdeboer at
Mon Aug 12 14:19:18 UTC 2013

Hi all,

Of course, Australis is all the buzz at the moment, but we're also looking at many other areas to ready Firefox for the future!

One of these areas is the findbar component. Dão Gottwald, Markus Stange and yours truly have been hard at work to bring an updated design, move to the top of the page and other (possible) improvements for the (near) future. Much of this work was done during our spare time.

I'd like to share this short (~5mins) screencast with you that shows what we've been up to lately. Please note that the animations that I try to demonstrate might not be clear due to compression, which drops frames.

During this screencast I highlight a possible future addition to the findbar: flashy highlighting on a dimmed page[1]. This is a feature that you might have seen already in Safari and various other Mac apps.

My question to you, dear reader, is: what do you think of this feature and if you like it, would you like to see it on platforms other than OSX?



[1] For lack of a better name - also, awesome album by Deadmau5 (

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