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[zz]Mozilla Labs releases alpha version of contacts in the browser



Michael Hanson and a team at Mozilla Labs have been doing some really
interesting work with Identity in the browser (and taking ownership
back from services).

They just released an
alpha add-on for Firefox
that begins to integrate contacts from
services (right now: “Gmail, Twitter, and, on MacOS-based machines, the
local Address Book” but growing).

Imagine getting auto-complete across all of your forms… like this:


Here is a list of features:

  • A browser-based Contacts database that stays in sync with your
    address books (so far, it supports GMail, Twitter and Mac OS Address
  • A generic importer system for Contacts from desktop or web-based
    address books (so you can implement missing ones)
  • An email autocompletion feature, which demonstrates how the browser
    can auto-complete email addresses on any website. The autocompletion is
    performed entirely in the browser, without sharing the your list of
    contacts with the website.
  • A Javascript API that websites can use to access the Contacts
    database, with explicit user permission and filtering

it here

This is very cool and you should also note the open technology being

  • We’re indebted to our friends and colleagues at Mozilla Messaging,
    who have been working on address book integration in Thunderbird for
    years, and have the exciting new Raindrop messaging application in
    experimental development now. We are working on integrating the
    Raindrop project with the Contacts API!
  • The Portable
    initiative is an important effort to define a common data
    definition for contact data. We use the Portable Contacts definition
    internally for Contacts.
  • The W3C
    initiative is defining an industry-standard, cross-platform
    API for access to contact data in the browser. The spec is new and
    evolving, and now is the time to experiment and provide feedback!

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