User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040616 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040616 I have 3 ideas for the Firefox XPI Installer dialog to make it: 1. More readable 2. More informative 3. Stress the security (All 3 ideas are visually shown in the picture attachment.) 1. Rather than showing the entire URL of the XPI package, only show the domain. Most of the time we only determine the trustworthiness of a piece of code by it's domain and not it's entire path. e.g., 'ftp.mozilla.org' is good and 'xxxtoolbar.com' is bad. So rather than cluttering the screen with the entire URL, we should just show the domain. This makes the text easier to decipher and as an added bonus, it does not deter novices from reading it. The entire URL can still be made available as a tooltip for techies. 2. Supplement the word 'unsigned' with a visual icon. I've seen the word 'unsigned' in the space next to the package name in bold red letters and I figure that novice people won't know what it means. I'd rather the text not be there to avoid confusion. But since it has security merit, I'd suggest adding a visual icon that is more informative than the word alone. (It could even replace the word entirely.) The icon would still convey security information to techies but to the novices, they might treat it as eye-candy or notice the X through the pen to indicate that something is missing and therefore convey the meaning of it being less secure. 3. Make clicking 'Install' involve more steps, and therefore stress the layers of security. I propose adding a checkbox that has to be checked to enable the 'Install' button. When the user finds that they have to perform extra steps to perform an action, it will convey the meaning of extra layers of protection. This should stress the security implications of what they are doing so they would think twice. P.S. I also made the default button to be 'Cancel' rather than 'Install' but this is covered in bug #240637 which I had filed before. P.P.S. I also added a 'grippy' to make the dialog box resizable. This is just my personal preference. Feel free to ignore these suggestions as I know that Firefox doesn't have enough programmers and there already are too many things to do. I feel guilty because I myself am not a programmer and cannot contribute. But I am a User Interface designer. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce:
Created attachment 151421 [details] proposed visual changes to XPI dialog changed text colour and added shield icon.
Attachment #151097 - Attachment is obsolete: true
We have an additional layer of "protection" in the XPI site blocking process. A checkbox before hitting the button is just a hassle to users and achieves very little.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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