Like apps hitting a store, browser add-ons have to go through validation to ensure that they work properly and are secure. This is the case with Firefox, and developers will be only too aware that the validation tool provided by Mozilla is unreliable and difficult to use.
The new Add-ons Validator is available now and time has been taken to cut outdated rules that bloated the old tool. Mozilla says that this makes the new validator faster and easier to use. Writing on the Mozilla blog, Matthew Riley MacPherson says:
The new validator is not production-quality code yet and there are rules that we haven’t implemented yet, but we're looking to finish it by the first half of next year.
We’re still porting over relevant rules from the old validator. Our three objectives are:
- Porting old rules (discarding outdated ones where necessary)
- Adding support for Web Extensions
- Getting the new validator running in production
There's an issue tracker over on GitHub so you can provide feedback.