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Mibbit as an IRC protocol handler in Firefox 3.1 in your locale

This post was migrated from my old blog. Some links might not work.

We’re planning to add Mibbit as a default irc:// and ircs:// protocols handler in 3.1. The implementation in the en-US version happens in bug 435687. The bug is still open but hopefully we’re not far away from closing it soon. Many thanks to the Mibbit team for being very responsive and making the necessary changes on their side.

Once the bug is fixed, we will be able to add Mibbit for all other localization that will want it. I just filed the bug on that: bug 479030. The change itself will be done en masse, so we actually just need your “OK”. So:

If you would like to have Mibbit added in your locale, please update the whiteboard in this bug with your locale’s code.

Although Mibbit is currently localized only into French, German, Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese (Brazil), our recommendation is to add it to all locales, even if most of them are not supported right now by Mibbit. It will serve well as a demonstration of this kind of protocol handler and it will be useful for users familiar with English. We do a similar thing with 30boxes, our en-US webcal: protocol handler. We ship with it in almost all locales even though it’s available only in English.

If you wonder what an IRC protocol handler can be good for, just head over to MDC where you can see a couple of irc:// links in action. Just look on the right, under the Discuss in IRC header. I can easily imagine this kind of links on other Mozilla sites, e.g. on SUMO, or on local communities sites.

Ah, one more thing: if you know of another IRC web-based client available for your locale that you would like to include, please file a new bug under Mozilla Localizations > {your locale} with the following summary: “[{your locale's code}] Add {service name} to the default IRC protocol handlers.”

Published on 18.02.2009

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