Mozilla Links – English Edition
Issue # 3 – September 30, 2003
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In this issue:
1. BETTER MOZILLA
– Print Just What You Need
– Bookmarklets Unleashed
2. THE NEWS
– Mozilla 1.5 Release Candidate 2 Out
– mozdev Celebrates Third Anniversary
– Mozilla End User Telephone Support Available Soon
– Daniel Glazman Starting Company to Develop Composer
3. MOZILLA INSIDER
4. MOZILLA PROJECTS: Uzilla and Independent Status Reports
5. MOZILLA LINKS POLL: Previous Polls Results and What Operating System
Do You Run Mozilla On?
6. CONTACT INFO
1. BETTER MOZILLA
Featured Extension: X
If you are the kind who has concerns about being spied on the web or
by people in the real world, X may be for you. X consists mainly of an
X paranoic button you can add to the Mozilla Firebird toolbar. Press it
and X will ask you which traces you want to clear including cookies,
cache, form information, history, stored passwords and download history.
Pretty simple and useful. Try it here:
Mozilla Links Tip: Print Just What You Need
(contributed by Percy Cabello)
If you don’t need to print a whole web page but only a paragraph or two
or an image, you can save some money and a tree at the same time by
selecting what you want left clicking on the web page over the desired
text. Or press F7 for caret browsing mode and youcan select with the
Shift and arrow keys the precise area you need.
Then, select Print in the File menu and check Selection. You can also
restrict your printing to a specific frame (a sub-window in a webpage)
if applicable or to specific pages. Use preview to check which pages
Also, don’t forget your printers paper and ink/toner saver features
such as duplex printing, multiple pages per page, draft mode and
Mozilla Links PowerTip: Bookmarklets Unleashed
(contributed by mozillatips.com, edited by Percy Cabello)
to your bookmarks or personal toolbar. They can perform some useful
functions, such as stripping out background images, or sorting a table.
It may aid web developers in several ways such as testing style sheets,
autofilling web forms, displaying variables and many others.
A big bookmarklets library is available at:
Check Mozilla Tips for the complete article:
Need more tips? Try the TipBar Extension to get the Tip of the Day in
Mozilla Firebird. Grab it at http://tipbar.mozdev.org
You can also visit http://www.mozillatips.com for more fun tips for
your favorite browser.
Have a Tip or a PowerTip? Let other users know about it by sending it
to email@example.com .
2. THE NEWS
(contributed by MozillaZine, your source for Mozilla news and
advocacy. http://www.mozillazine.org )
Mozilla 1.5 Release Candidate 2 Out
Since the last issue of this newsletter, two test builds of Mozilla 1.5
have become available: Mozilla 1.5 Release Candidate 1 and Mozilla 1.5
Release Candidate 2. The latter build contains around twenty fixes that
were not in Release Candidate 1, including a new preference for
specifying whether opening a bookmark group should replace the existing
tabs or append the new pages to the current set. Look out for the final
version of Mozilla 1.5 in the first week of October.
Mozilla 1.5 Release Candidate 2 Release Notes:
Download Mozilla 1.5 Release Candidate 2:
mozdev Celebrates Third Anniversary
On September 20th, Mozilla project hosting site mozdev celebrated its
third anniversary. Since its launch in 2000, mozdev has provided free
hosting to over 400 Mozilla-related projects and now receives over 1
million page views a week. Looking further ahead, the site hopes to
become a non-profit organisation with tax-exempt status.
Mozilla End User Telephone Support Available Soon
In a message to the Mozilla marketing mailing list, Bart Decrem has
announced that the Mozilla Foundation will soon begin offering telephone
support to end users of Mozilla. The service, which will cost $39.95 per
incident, will be provided by DecisionOne, who currently offer telephone
and email support for Netscape. The Mozilla Foundation hopes to offer
email support soon and is actively looking for an appropriate vendor to
Bart Decrem’s announcement about end user telephone support:
Daniel Glazman Starting Company to Develop Composer
Ex-Netscape employee Daniel Glazman has announced that he is starting a
company to continue the development of Composer, the Mozilla Web page
editor. In a weblog posting that also covers meals with ex-colleagues
and the availability of nose drops, Daniel outlines his new venture: “I
am now in the process of starting my own company here in France to
continue working on Composer. This company will develop software
solutions for the World Wide Web and offer a variety of services around
web underlying technologies and open-source tools. I think we will even
become W3C member… Wish me good luck!”
Daniel has worked on the Editor portion of the Mozilla codebase for
several years and was employed by Netscape Communications Corporation
from November 2000 until July 2003. Earlier this year, he announced his
intention to continue maintaining Composer, which will eventually become
a standalone application like Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird.
Daniel Glazman’s weblog posting about the new company:
3. MOZILLA INSIDER
(contributed by Alex Bishop)
The Mozilla Foundation is planning to unveil several milestone releases
in the near future, with Mozilla 1.5, Mozilla Firebird 0.7 and Mozilla
Thunderbird 0.3 all coming off the 1.5 branch. In addition, an update to
Mozilla 1.4 is also nearing completion. As a result, there are lots of
new release candidates now available. Check out the following links,
remembering that these builds are for testing purposes only.
Mozilla 1.4.1 Release Candidates:
Mozilla Firebird 0.7 Release Candidates:
MozillaZine Forums topic about the Firebird 0.7 test builds:
Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 Release Candidates:
Information about Thunderbird 0.3 Release Candidate 1:
Information about Thunderbird 0.3 Release Candidate 2:
The standalone version of Composer is also progressing and it is now
possible for the adventurous to build it themselves:
The Mozilla Foundation continues to migrate its servers to meer.net,
with tinderbox.mozilla.org, the mozilla.org website and mail server and
bonsai.mozilla.org all moving recently:
Moving back to development, Robert O’Callahan has written some
guidelines for creating good interfaces:
Meanwhile, David Baron has started a couple of discussions about the
layout aspect of Mozilla, the part responsible for dispalying pages on
Following a short controversy, there is now a preference for specifying
whether opening a bookmark group should replace the existing tabs or
append the new pages to the current set (bug 203960).
Several Mail & Newsgroups improvements have been made recently too.
First up, the new mail notification (biff) is no longer triggered when
only junk mail arrives (bug 189289). Secondly, when the ‘start my reply
above the quoted text’ setting is selected, signatures are placed above
the quoted text (bug 62429). Finally, the Recipient column can now be
displayed in the thread pane of all folders and newsgroups, not just the
Sent folder (equally, the Sender column can now be displayed in the
thread pane of the Sent folder) (bug 36492).
Full status update: http://www.mozilla.org/status/2003-09-29.html
4. MOZILLA PROJECTS
Project of the Week: Uzilla
(contributed by Brian King)
The Uzilla project exists to increase the adoption of user centered
design techniques in software development as well as improve Mozilla
usability. Recently released, uzReview facilitates expert evaluation
of websites (http://uzilla.mozdev.org/heuristicreview.html), while
uzCardSort (http://uzilla.mozdev.org/cardsort.html) facilitates
assessing user models of a domain through a process known as card
sorting. A third component aims to provide screen capture
functionality via XPCOM (http://uzilla.mozdev.org/screencapture.html).
These projects are supported by Uzilla, LLC, “Tools for a Usable Web”.
Check this and other Projects of the Week at:
Independent Status Reports
(contributed by David Boswell)
The independent status reports include news and updates from
Mozilla application and extension projects hosted on mozdev.org
and elsewhere in the Mozilla community.
The latest report was posted on September 24 and includes:
– Image Zoomer, an image zooming extension for Firebird, has just
been announced as a new project.
– Fast Component, a template for creating a Mozilla extension, is
a new way to easily create a working XPCOM component in a few
– EditCSS, an extension to edit stylesheets inline, is a useful
extension for web developers and designers that has just been
– WebLinks, a project that you can use to create & share links,
has just been announced.
– MOJI, lecture guides for kanji in Japanese web pages, has just
announced the first release of their project.
– Firebird Help, a help extension for the browser, has just
announced their 0.4 beta release.
– Mozile, an inline editor for Mozilla, has just announced their
– Bitflux Editor, a browser based XML Editor, has just released an
Alpha Sneak Preview.
– MozEdit, a notepad like text editor extension for Firebird, has
just released their 0.1.1 preview.
update on project status.
– CardGames, a collection of patience/solitaire card games, has
just released version 0.11.0 of their project.
– Mycroft, adding search engines to Mozilla, has given an update
on project status.
– QuickNote, a notepad Post-it like extension, has released
– NeedleSearch, enables users to add/delete own searchengines, has
just released version 2.2.
– Quick Reply, an extension for Thunderbird, has just released
– Mozex, external programs integration, has just released version
Read more about each of these projects in the full report at
5. MOZILLA LINKS POLL
On our first issue we asked which was your favorite Mozilla product
and you let us know Mozilla Firebird, even being a preview technology
is at the top of preferences of the Mozilla community. Here are the
complete results (*):
– 44% Mozilla Firebird
– 39% Mozilla Application Suite
– 7% Mozilla Thunderbird
– 6% Camino
– 2% Netscape
– 1% Other
On past issue, we asked where do you use Mozilla products. The answer
is that Mozilla Links readers mostly use Mozilla products at home (89%),
followed by at work (54%) and school (9%). Here are the complete
– 43% At Home and Work
– 38% At Home
– 9% At Work
– 8% At Home and School/College
(*) Results may not sum up to 100% due to rounding.
Which operating system do you regularly run Mozilla products on?
– Windows 2000/XP
– Windows NT
– Windows 95/98/ME
– Other OS
Let your voice be counted at http://newsletter.mozdev.org
6. CONTACT INFO
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