We’ve made quite a bit of improvements over the past few weeks. Although a lot of the changes are behind the scenes or fixing regressions, there are some exciting user facing changes, as detailed below! We’ve also been working with our Google Summer of Code 2012 student, wnayes, quite a bit to get him up to speed of how things work in Instantbird. He’s made great progress on understanding the code and has even fixed a bug (see the “top protocols” page, below)!
- The account wizard now has a “top protocols” page to allow users to quickly set up accounts that are most applicable to them. This is localizable as different instant messaging networks are popular in different regions.
- Tab Completion improvements:
- Names of people who have pinged you (i.e. said your name in the chat).
- Names of active participants.
- Names of inactive participants.
- IRC contacts (yes, you can add IRC nicks to your contacts list!) now have tooltips which show the results of a WHOIS command.
- Better support for tracking if a nick is online/away/offline.
- The topic UI now reflects whether you have permission to edit it.
Google Summer of Code Status:
To follow along with what wnayes will be working on this summer, you can read his blog (RSS feed) and check out his user repository. Additionally, he’s posted some general information (his application, timeline and a series of links) that he’ll be updating as the summer continues. (And of course you can stop by our IRC channel, #instantbird on irc.mozilla.org, and say “Hi!”)