"We hope to complete Phase I in a few months, by Fall 2013," said the CHH website in a short FAQ published Wednesday. Phase I will involve decision-making on several fronts, including technical issues, such as the criteria for adding sites to the black- and whitelists, and the file format for those lists.
"Once the lists are in place, it will take time to populate them," the CCH FAQ continued. "Browsers choosing to use the lists will need time to test them before releasing them widely. While we will all work diligently and quickly, it is likely to take months before the entire system is live in a Web browser. [Emphasis not in original.] Browser plug-ins and add-ons may be available more quickly."
If the CCH's estimate is accurate, it will be months before Firefox actually fires up its cookie blocking in a production edition.
"We will hold the visited-based cookie-blocking patch in Firefox Aurora while we bring up CCH and its Firefox integration, and test them," said Eich.
Firefox Aurora is the least-polished of the three main build channels Mozilla maintains. While features added to Aurora usually debut in the Release channel 12 weeks later, Mozilla will not shift cookie blocking to the Beta and then Release channels until it's satisfied with the white- and blacklists, and their integration with the browser.
This article, Mozilla again postpones Firefox third-party cookie-blocking, this time for months, was originally published at Computerworld.com.
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