Mozilla Europe today poked their heads out and organized the first labs meetup in London. Pascal and Jane Finette, Mozilla Foundation's man and woman on-the-ground in the UK, invited developers up to the fifth floor of Waterstone's in Piccadilly to chat about the things that are going on at Mozilla Labs.
Pascal Finette gave a quick overview of the projects run at Mozilla Labs, including the "command line for the browser" Ubiquity which is such a success that it'll be part of Firefox 3.2. Ubiquity allows you to call services and alter the current document with a few simple keyboard shortcuts.
Bespin, the Canvas-based online editor suite was another project that was mentioned. I saw a preview of Bespin at the Web Directions North conference in Denver earlier this month and I must say I am very impressed with its performance and ideas.
Pascal's main point was introducing his own project, the Concept series, a collaborative approach to "Get involved and share your ideas and expertise as we collectively explore and design future directions for the Web."
What we've found is that a lot of the things we do here at Yahoo are in parallel or overlap with the ideas the Mozilla people bring to the world. For example our Design Pattern Library was one of the main inspirations for a visual concept series they are about to start and a lot of their university outreach and partnership can mesh with what we're doing.
Congratulations to Mozilla for organizing a good first kick-off and it'll be interesting to see how the next labs meetups will work out.
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