Independent Status Reports (11 October, 2004)

New extensions are popping up all the time, both on and in other places. The variety is enormous, with everything from developer tools to ftp clients to weather and time add-ons. There is almost something for everyone. However, if you have a great idea that has not been implemented yet, there are plenty of resources to get you on your way. A good place to start is Jed Brown's Converting Firefox 0.8 Extensions to the new 0.9/0.10 API. Here you will find a breakdown of all files needed to package up your extension, from the install.rdf packaged with the XPI, to the update.rdf file that lives on the server for the Extension Manager to check for a later version of your extension. It is also worth reading through the Application Extensions pages for Firefox on There is vital information there on extension versioning, update and compatibility. These documents take away the mystery from Mozilla extension writing. And don't forget to head over to to grab the latest and greatest for your daily needs!

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Previous Reports

cuneAform — 0.3.0 ENHANCED

(The Community Built Editor that Anyone Can Use)

  • For: Mozilla, Firefox
  • Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX

cuneAform now has a Firefox 0.9+ compliant installer. We are also a community based project now and we are looking for developers and contributers.

Notable Highlights

  • New Website Design
  • New Mailing List
  • New Community Forum
  • Now works with the Extension Manager

Gnusto — v0.7.0

(Interpreter for Z-machine games)

  • For: Firefox
  • Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

v0.7.0 is the first Gnusto point release in a while, so lots of new content has gone in.

Notable Highlights

  • Versions 3 and 4 of the Z-machine spec are supported
  • Games can be saved and loaded
  • Allows games to be loaded in one click from websites in Firefox
  • Lots of little bugfixes

MozManual — v1+

(Mozilla Manual — Introduction to Mozilla)

  • For: Mozilla
  • Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

Web version in French is now available. This is a very well done version using CSS.


  • Revised web version (English) under development.

purgecontrol — v0.2b

(Protect important emails from being accidentally deleted)

  • For: Thunderbird
  • Platform: Windows, Linux, MacOS X

purgecontrol is an extension for TB which allows to control Shift-Delete shortcut behaviour. A minor bug is fixed and version v0.2b can now be downloaded.


(Localization for Camino: Gecko-based browser for Mac OS X)

  • For: Camino
  • Platform: MacOSX

We delivered Camino 0.8.1 multilanguage, the first release made with a tentative QA routine. We are also trying to get more l10n teams in: we have Portuguese and Polish in the works. Also, Spanish/Castellano, which was missing from the 0.8.1 release, has recovered and is now distributed as standalone installer.

Notable Highlights

  • 0.8.1 out
  • Better QA for translations
  • New languages coming
  • Join us to add your language to Camino!

Mozilla Archive Format — 0.4.2

(Mozilla Archive Format)

  • For: Mozilla, Firefox
  • Platform: Windows, Linux

Now mostly component service based. MHT Handling 99.99% standards compatible and more locales are included by default.

Notable Highlights

  • Updated to work in FF PR1.
  • Added maf protocol.
  • Default save extension is now *.maff to avoid MS Access conflicts.
  • Added Save in Archive context menu entry.
  • Fixed UTF String conversion bug affecting non-english character sets.

OutSidebar — v0.8

(Expands all sidebars to the left of browser to avoid content area resize.)

  • For: Firefox
  • Platform: Windows, Linux

The initial release of OutSidebar is out!

Notable Highlights

  • OutSidebar lets you use your Firefox sidebars without having to resize your content area every time.
  • Supports Firefox 0.9 - 1.0RC
  • Works under Windows and Linux. (No Mac OS X support yet.)

HONcode Status v1.4 — HONlookup v1.3

(Collection of Mozilla / Netscape plugins for HON)

  • For: Mozilla Firefox
  • Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

New version of the extensions are now compatible with Firefox 1.0PR


  • Updated the extensions to make them compatible with Firefox 1.0PR.

Mail Redirect — 0.1.7

(allow to redirect [a.k.a. bounce] mail messages to others)

  • For: Thunderbird, Mozilla Mail
  • Platform: all

MailRedirect tries to squash bug #12916.

Notable Highlights:

  • Under Mozilla Mail MailRedirect looks as nice as under Thunderbird
    • added toolbar buttons (for classic and modern theme)
    • improved CSS
  • Added uninstaller for Mozilla
  • Drafts and Local Folder mails can be redirected
  • quoted-printable encoding for recipients addresses

Upcoming Features:

  • redirecting in CC and BCC way
  • add redirecting to mail filter actions

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