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Re: Gopher support has to move back to core before Firefox 57 can be released




People still use Gopher?! Wow.

On 8/1/2017 11:53 AM, keiyakins@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
In Mozilla 2.0, Gopher support was removed from core with the promise that "Gopher will be an option as long as people are motivated to own its implementation."[1]. This was done, thanks mostly to the good work of Cameron Kaiser[2]. In fact, OverbiteFF actually improved on the already quite good support that was there before. For a time, everyone was happy, or at least no one was excessively unhappy.

However The new WebExtensions API cannot, by design, possibly implement a Gopher protocol handler. As Gopher was promised to remain an option, and the possibility of implementing it as an extension is being removed, it'll have to move back into core.

[1]: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=388195#c47
[2]: http://gopher.floodgap.com/overbite/



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