|Support High Resolution Scrolling on Windows|
|Release target||Firefox 6|
|Status note||Main implementation bugs point to Firefox 6 as Milestone. Please correct me if I am wrong.|
|Product manager||Asa Dotzler|
|Directly Responsible Individual||Alex Faaborg|
|Lead engineer||Masayuki Nakano|
|QA lead||George Carstoiu|
|UX lead||Alex Faaborg|
|Product marketing lead||`|
Stage 1: Definition
1. Feature overview
We need to enable users on windows to scroll with pixel level precision (when using a non-discrete wheel), similar to the fine grained level of control that users currently have on OS X. Windows Vista introduced standard mouse events that contain a higher level of scrolling precision for mouse wheel movement in 2006. Non discrete mouse wheels have been in the marketplace for awhile now, and mouse drivers are sending these events to applications.
We're doing this because:
- Moving to pixel scrolling where possible will make a very common browser activity feel faster, more responsive, and improve the general feel of the application.
This feature falls primarily in the Experience category (from the "Discover, Experience, and Connect" vision statement.)
The goal is to scroll on Windows as well as Firefox on OS X. The fact that we only do line scrolling on windows impacts our perceived performance and responsiveness, and the general feel of the application. Scrolling is something that users do literally constantly with a Web browser (much more than any other interaction or UI control), so changes to how the application scrolls should respectively be prioritized extremely high. The fact that we don't support an important scrolling feature of Windows that was introduced 5 years ago may be indicative of just how few people at Mozilla actually use Firefox on Windows.
2. Users & use cases
"Scrolls like butter"
Note that this bug is different than bug 590022. Our smooth scrolling preference simply draws 10 frames when we receive an event that the user has moved their mouse wheel a single discrete step. This project is about fine grained precision, and non-discrete mouse wheels.
Stage 2: Design
5. Functional specification
6. User experience design
Just pixel level scrolling precision, similar to scrolling in Firefox on OS X. Currently on Windows we only do line scrolling.
Stage 3: Planning
7. Implementation plan
Quality Assurance review
- only applicable to Windows 7 and Windows Vista
- drivers need to send small delta value than 1 line (or, send 1.x lines)
- non-Logitech's user will not feel scroll smoother in default settings
- feature should be expanded to include other mouse producers and default Windows/Linux/Mac drivers
Stage 4: Development
- Bug 658111 - Enable Windows high resolution scrolling in default settings
Stage 5: Release
10. Landing criteria
After we land the patch we need enough time for testing, since there is a wide range of mouse hardware out on the market (especially on Windows).
Priority P1 Rank 999 Theme / Goal ` Roadmap User Experience Secondary roadmap ` Feature list Desktop Project ` Engineering team Desktop front-end
Team status notes
status notes Products ` Setting to complete since this has now landed. Engineering ` ` Security pass ` Privacy ` ` Localization ` ` Accessibility ` ` Quality assurance Ready to land in Fx6 improvement in scrolling noticeable on Win7 User experience ` ` Product marketing ` ` Operations ` `