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Aurora: Data Integration and Management
Introduction: What Is Aurora?
Aurora is the name of an ambitious project to provide a means of integrating
user data from multiple sources, such as bookmarks, mail, files, history,
remote data such as site maps. The goal is to provide a convenient means of
accessing personal and relevant data through the Navigator UI, and providing
a means of configuring the Navigator UI to present that information in a
fashion best suited to the user.
Aurora Components: (To be completed shortly)
- Datasource aggregation and manipulation.
- Sidebar & Sidebar Panels
- Configurable UI
- Remote Data Views (site maps)
Engineering Tasks and Timeframe
This can only be determined after the individual components have been decided
on and specified. I expect at least some groundwork to be in place by Mozilla 1.0.
Aurora was a project started during the Mozilla Classic project. The classic
project had three front ends, a Windows front end, a Mac front end and a Unix
front end. By the time the project was cancelled, the Windows front end had an
impressive level of UI configurability, and several integrated data views. These
included popup tree widgets for accessing bookmarks and categorized history,
configurable toolbar UI, file system icons in the UI and so on.
With the creation of the Seamonkey project, most of the original Aurora work
was put on the back burner as focus shifted to reimplementing the web browser.
The work done was not forgotten however, and the focus of this new project is
to revive the goals of the original implementation.