I have been using the prototype WebRunner for a few days to access GMail and Zimbra. Overall, I am quite happy with the results. The webapps load fast and I like having them appear in my ALT+TAB list. I am using Firefox for browsing and not running webapps, which feels better too. Firefox stays snappy and I have not had to “kill” its process because of speed or hung webapp problems.
Of course there are things I miss when using WebRunner. Most notably:
- Support for popup windows – Zimbra in particular uses (my preference) a popup to compose email.
- Support for inline spell checking – Some webapps do have their own spellcheck support, but I really love Firefox’s system.
- Support for float-over link destinations in the statusbar – Yes, I like to see where I am going if I click that link.
- Support for a context menu – I use it infrequently, but I must use it enough to feel weird when its not there.
Adding support for popups turned out to be a 1-line preference fix. I learned about
nsIXULBrowserWindow to get the link info in the statusbar. I updated the prototype for those of you playing at home:
Next up for WebRunner:
- Adding support for inline spellcheck and suggestions on context menu.
- Enabling extension support so WebRunner can be tweaked or enhanced.
- Creating an “installer” so new webapps can be installed after the fact.
- Creating an extension to allow Firefox to “install” webapps since most of this process starts in the browser.