Mozilla Labs has announced its latest "Labs Design Challenge" today. The task is to create a better upload widget than what's currently in use. The Labs team realized that uploading files from a web page is serviceable at best, so they want something better to replace it. This challenge comes on the heels of the very first (and more wide-ranging) design challenge that closed at the beginning of the month.
Mozilla Labs has this to say about the current upload widget:
Ever made a website that requires a file to be uploaded? Then you know how much that file upload control sucks. Why does it suck? Because there's no drag-and-drop; Flash or server-side hacking is required to provide any kind of progress indication; you can't upload multiple files; if you know what you want to attach you have to navigate there again with the OS file picker; you can't even enter a path into the widget because of security issues; and the list goes on.
Fair enough, what we currently have is slow and painful and could stand a lot of improvement. So how can you submit your idea? Easy, post it on the Web and tweet the location to Twitter account @mozconcept anytime before the afternoon of March 16, 2009. At that time, Mozilla Labs will be hosting a SXSW party where they will review the submissions and dig up the real gems.