Independent Status Reports

This is the last set of reports for 2003, so perhaps a good time to look back and reflect on what was achieved during the year. I'll leave that to you, but one thing I will do is make a prediction for 2004. This is the year when Mozilla as Platform will really take off. It's a time to work on and push for better tools for Mozilla developers, and continue to advocate wider adoption of Mozilla and it's great technologies.

Note: If anyone has an update that they would like included in the next report, go here, or have any feedback on the structure of the reports in general, feel free to contact us.

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Forumzilla v0.4.2

(An extension to Mozilla and Thunderbird for reading RSS feeds)

I'm rewriting Forumzilla as an extension to Mozilla and Thunderbird that lets you read RSS feeds in those applications' three-pane mail interfaces. A very early, buggy, pre-alpha version is available.

Bugxula 2003-12-08

(A XUL client for Bugzilla installations)

Recent versions of Bugxula:

  • fix a regression where queries containing URI meta-characters like the plus sign (+) wouldn't return results;
  • fix a bug where the field menu wouldn't always show the right value after you clicked on a saved search;
  • install to the profile directory so you don't have to reinstall every time you get a new build;
  • add themselves to the Firebird extensions list so you can disable it;
  • fix a bug where the item for running Bugxula didn't appear in the Tools menu on Firebird for Mac OS X;
  • fix a bug where the progressmeter wasn't working;
  • work better with Bugzilla 2.17.5 (looks for config.cgi instead of localconfig.rdf).

Next up: enhancements to the query form so it takes up less horizontal screen space and you can search using multiple criteria.

MozManual — Final 1.0

(Introduction to Mozilla — A Manual for First Time Users; a brief overview and feature guide)

The final version 1.0 is now available. This is a complete PDF file with bookmarks and hyperlinks. All source materials (StarOffice text and drawing files, and related graphics files) are posted to the project source page. Also included is a "reviewer's guide" to address FAQs and similar issues. To those who are using this document in their organization: I would appreciate an email telling me how you are using it, together with any other relevant comments.

Moji — v0.6

(Integrated Japanese dictionary for non-native speakers)

Moji is a sidebar application for Mozilla Firebird featuring a Japanese kanji and a word dictionary for foreigners learning this language. Translation are given in English, French or German. It also features a toolbar icon for quick access to

New in version 6:

  • Added Japanese to French and Japanese to German dictionaries.
  • First access is quicker, there is no need to load dictionaries at startup, unlike older versions.
  • User interface enhancements (new icons, color to distinguish between kanji and words in history list).

Feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions, or to tell me about free Japanese dictionaries in your language that I may integrate into Moji.

ConQuery — v0.5a

(Context sensitive web query interface extention for Mz/Fb/Nc)

ConQuery 0.5a is Out!

What's new

  • Restyled Query Config dialog gives you full control on query variables while submitting query;
  • Multiple [:prompt] variables are now supported;
  • usability improvements.

Launchy — v1.3.0

(Open Links/Mailto with external programs)

Launchy is launched!

Launchy will enable you to open links and mailto's with external applications.

Notable Highlights

  • Support for Mozilla, Mozilla Firebird, Netscape, K-Meleon, Internet Explorer, Opera
  • Mozilla Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Outlook Express, Outlook
  • BSPlayer, Windows Media Player
  • Autodetection of applications
  • Uninstall option

Keyword Repository

(Enhance your Internet Experience with Custom Keywords Galore)

This project is just getting started, and will be moving into its new home during the Christmas holidays.

There are no .xpi files in this project. The goal is simply to gather as many custom keywords as possible and then generate a bookmark file which users can then import into their browser. I have many ideas for the project, but for now I'm keeping it simple

I have not done any coding in Mozilla, and because I don't have a whole lot of time I'm not planning on making a XUL frontend, but if someone with that kind of experience is interested in the project, please contact me.


(An advanced printing system which enables X11 applications — such as Mozilla/Firebird/Thunderbird/Eclipse etc. — to use devices like printers, FAX or create documents in formats like PostScript, PDF, PCL, etc.)

We finished a new set of builds of the Xprint 009 trunk which adds various new features, more performance and better stability

Notable Highlights

  • an all-new font download engine for the PostScript DDX which can download TrueType/OpenType/PS Type42/PS Type 1 fonts to any PostScript Level 2/3 printer as smoothed+optimised outline data
  • Better performance
  • Better stability
  • support for the XTT font API extensions
  • better support for CUPS
  • PDF output

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