Monday, March 18, 2013

Improving Download Behaviors in Web Browsers

Alex Limi (March 2010):

The aim of this article is to give an introduction to how the most common browsers behave when it comes to downloading files, what opportunities exist, and close with a set of recommendations for how to fix this in Firefox and other browsers. It is my hope that putting these ideas out there will spur some innovation in this area both in Firefox and competing browsers.

Alex Limi (May 2011):

Today, I was very happy to see that Safari has implemented our design in their upcoming release, as evidenced by screenshots posted at Dustin Curtis’ site […]

However, as of Firefox 19.0.2, the Downloads window seems much the same. And, on my Mac, there’s a bug where the Clear List button is always disabled, which drives me crazy. Here’s the plan for Firefox 20.

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