Open Bug 1301099 Opened 6 years ago Updated 3 years ago
Want to be able to mute all tabs by default
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:44.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/44.0 Build ID: 20160402180744 Steps to reproduce: Larger context: Desired behavior is for Firefox to prompt me before playing sounds. Existing plugins for this are not compatible with new firefox. However, there appears to be an about:config setting that will achieve the desired result. Steps to reproduce: In about:config, change the setting "dom.audiochannel.mutedByDefault" to true. Open any website that plays sound. Actual results: As expected, no sound plays. However, the audio playing icon is the non-muted icon, not the muted icon. Clicking toggles the icon, but no sound plays. Expected results: The icon should have appeared in the muted state. Clicking it should toggle sound on and off. (This here is the mute icon to which I am referring: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/mute-sound-firefox-tabs )
Summary: dom.audiochannel.mutedByDefault does not work correctly → dom.audiochannel.mutedByDefault - cannot unmute audio
Confirmed in Nightly (2016-09-05) in a clean profile.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Component: Untriaged → Tabbed Browser
Version: 44 Branch → Trunk
Changing prefs without understanding how they work is a poor idea in general. The warning before you open about:config is there for a reason, and the fact that we only expose a limited number of those prefs is also the case for a reason. In this case, dom.audiochannel.mutedByDefault does not have any relation to what the mute button does. It's an internal thing for the (originally b2g-targeted) Browser API (see e.g. bug 1113086), which is unused by Firefox's front-end code, which is why it has no relation to the icons you see or don't see. I also somewhat suspect it won't actually mute things like flash audio, but I haven't bothered to check the implementation. I'll morph the bug into what you actually want, though I don't think we're currently considering doing anything along these lines - it feels like something that should be done with an add-on. Jared/Ehsan, are you aware of any work in this area?
Severity: normal → enhancement
Summary: dom.audiochannel.mutedByDefault - cannot unmute audio → Want to be able to mute all tabs by default
I'm not aware of any work in this area though I have seen similar requests for the same functionality.
What we want to do here in response to the audio playing icon appearing when you set that pref is to tell people to not set random prefs. I don't think we need to change our code to accommodate this pref. If someone comes up with UX plans around how to expose a "muted by default" option for all audio coming out of Firefox, implementing the change is quite trivial, but using this pref isn't the right way. Needinfo'ing Madhava since I don't know of anything better to do here.
Flags: needinfo?(ehsan) → needinfo?(madhava)
Please see https://bugzil.la/1408062 and https://bugzil.la/1435513 https://bugzil.la/1435513 is not exactly a duplicate, as in it I'm proposing an UI element separate from the per-tab audio toggle, and I believe that the UI team should consider merging these functionalities in a single element, which will probably be required by https://bugzil.la/1408062 as part of the tab hiding agenda.
(In reply to :Gijs from comment #2) > I'll morph the bug into what you actually want, though I don't think we're > currently considering doing anything along these lines - it feels like > something that should be done with an add-on. FWIW, this add-on seems to provide this functionality: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/mute-tab-webextension/
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