This is my report on activities related to the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending November 9, 2007.
Projects for the week
Here’s a summary of what Foundation-related activities went on last week; for more information about others’ activities please see the weekly status reports published by David Boswell, Gerv Markham, and Zak Greant.
- Grants and related expenditures
- The Mozilla Foundation made a grant to the Perl Foundation to support Perl 6 and Parrot development.
- We’re funding some work by Eitan Isaacson to follow up from his project to migrate the Orca screen reader for Linux to the pyatspi library, including in particular improving the performance of Orca with Firefox. This project also includes work covered by GNOME bugs 448848, 446277, and 491862.
- We’re also funding Codethink Ltd to do a study to evaluate the feasibility of porting the GNOME AT-SPI accessibility interface from ORBit to D-Bus; we’re looking at this because ORBit is being deprecated, and we want to make sure that the accessibility infrastructure used by Firefox on Linux is as up to date as possible.
- Dojo 1.0 was released last week with lots of accessibility-related enhancements, including those developed by the University of Toronto Adaptive Technology Resource Centre with funding from the Mozilla Foundation; for more information see the final report on the project.
- CAs and related issues
- Last week I published version 1.1 of the Mozilla CA certificate policy; this new version formalizes our policy for considering requests from CAs to have their certificates marked as capable of issuing Extended Validation certificates. Note carefully: This does not guarantee that you’ll see EV capability enabled in Firefox, particularly for every CA that claims to issue EV certificates; this is just a policy revision, and actual EV support will depend on the work of the NSS and Firefox developers.
- I did some work on CA applications from SwissSign and VeriSign, and will continue working on other CA applications this week.
- Gerv did some work on Mozilla community activities in the UK.
- Zak delivered a keynote address at the International PHP Conference.
- David was on vacation all week.
- I’m tentatively planning to be in Mountain View on December 11 and 12.