Independent Status Reports (12 August, 2005)

Mozdev was offline recently for about 24 hours. Our main hosting facility was hit by a flood caused by a broken water main. The utilities company ordered them to shut down all power, including their backup generator. Luckily this did not happen a crucial time such as a major Mozilla release, but it has focused our thoughts on a more robust backup plan. We do have a mirror system in place for grabbing your favourite extensions and more, and thanks to John Haller for stepping up and providing a mirror list in our time of need. So some things we can't prevent like burst water pipes, but we are continuing to do our best to provide the best services for Mozilla developers. And looking at this month's crop of reports, the developers are doing their best to bring you the best software. Enjoy!

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Previous Reports

DevBoi — v0.2.3

(DevEdge sidebar replacement)

  • For: Mozilla, Firefox
  • Platform: All DevBoi version 0.2.3 is born at


  • offline version (no internet connection required; all content included)
  • Firefox XPI installation
  • Ctrl+F9 shows/hides sidebar (Firefox only)
  • middle-click opens documentation in new tab (Firefox only)
  • auto-update service (Firefox only)
  • CSS 2 compatibility charts
  • CSS 2 add-on context links

Page Update Checker — v0.1

(Monitors any number of pages to see if they have changed)

  • For: Firefox
  • Platform: Any

The first release of PUC is now available. Looking for other developers with ideas to expand this extension.


  • Checks web pages in the background to see if they have changed
  • Easy to use interface
  • Good framework for more advanced features in the future

InFormEnter — v 0.2.9

(Form filling in semi-automatic mode)

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

New version of InformEnter published.

Notable Highlights

  • Management of marker visibility
  • Optional profile selection from Firefox Tools menu
  • Popup menu in input context menu
  • Call menu in input by Insert key

Searchsidebar — v0.1.5

(Powerful advanced search capability for Firefox.)

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

Paul Millar joined the project and has greatly improved the Searchsidebar. Please check out v0.1.5 and give us your feedback. v0.1.6 is in pre-release testing.

Notable Highlights

  • Single-search provides sidebar results
  • Option panel preference for advanced or basic sidebar view
  • Installs in Firefox 1.0 and Deer Park Alpha 1 (minor bugs)

Inforss —

(RSS feed in the status bar)

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

New in

PasswordMaker — 0.7

(One Password To Rule Them All™)

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

Why use the same password over and over again when there's PasswordMaker? Now you only need to remember a "master" password, but you can generate the same, unique password for any website over and over again using any of 9 hash algorithms and 9 different levels of l33t speak. For added security, nothing is stored anywhere or sent over the internet. There's even an on-line version for when you don't have access to Mozilla/Firefox/Netscape.

Version 0.7 was released on July 13, 2005.

Notable Highlights

  • Mozilla 1.7.x, Netscape 7.2, and Netscape 8.x now supported!
  • Completely new user interface
  • Support for screens at 800x600 resolution
  • You can now define which characters to use in generated passwords by clicking the "Characters" button in Advanced Options. Customizable for each account so you can, for example, specify the numbers 0-9 be used in passwords but not in passwords.
  • The new Password Security Meter visually displays the strength of your passwords
  • New icons — including small icons for small toolbars
  • New, completely configurable shortcut: Alt-` with the following options:
    • Off
    • Populate all password fields
    • Populate only password fields that are empty
    • Clear all password fields
  • Support for password prefixes and suffixes: choose any character(s) to be placed in front of or at the end of generated passwords. Customizable for each account.
  • Added two new hash algorithms: HMAC-SHA-256 and HMAC-SHA1. You can now choose from 9 different hash algorithms.
  • Import Settings and Export Settings (once again) fully functional
  • 69 new special domains
  • When Auto-Clear Clipboard is checked, the clipboard is only cleared if its contents haven't been changed
  • Pressing the Esc key exits all dialogs
  • Released under a new license, the LGPL

XPathHelper — v0.1

(XPath evaluator for the DOM Inspector)

  • For: Firefox, (Mozilla?)
  • Platform: All

XPathHelper has been added to It is also looking for developers.

XPathHelper adds a toolbar to the DOM Inspector that allows for the evaluation of XPath expressions. See the home page for details.

TamperData — v0.55

(trace and modify HTTP/HTTPS requests)

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

Added additonal functionality.

Notable Highlights

  • More context menu entries in tamper popup
  • View response source from log window
  • Open and replay from log window

Enigmail — v0.92.0


  • For: Thunderbird, Mozilla
  • Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, BSD, Solaris, ...

Enigmail is now available in 21 languages!

Notable Highlights

  • New support for OpenPGP SmartCards
  • Enhanced OpenPGP Key Management
  • Lots of small bugs fixed


(Localization of Firefox in Hindi using Mozilla translator)

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

    Almost all DTDs have been translated. A few related to cookies are left. And the inconsistencies have to be checked once before I package it. The XPI should be available for test on Aug 15th.


(Vietnamese localization of Thunderbird)

  • For: Thunderbird
  • Platform: All

This project is my Google Summer of Code submission. I've made considerable progress in translating Thunderbird into Vietnamese, using version 1.1a2.

Noteworthy notables

  • Somehow my proposal got selected for the Summer of Code. mozdev is my mentoring organization. That'd be the first time I make it onto the front page of mozillaZine. :^)
  • I was originally going to translate Firefox 1.1a2, but it seems that there are already three Vietnamese l10n projects, one of which has 1.1 partially translated.
  • So I switched to translating Thunderbird, which is working out just fine, except that I have tons more to translate.
  • At last count, I have only 312 files left to go…

Google is not allowing SoC participants to collaborate with others, so I can't accept outside help until the summer ends.

Since the Summer of Code deadline is September 1st, you can expect something to download or install by then.

In addition to the project website (also available in Vietnamese), I also maintain a personal weblog, where I occasionally post about my project, at Minh's Notes.

cruxade — v0.1

(XUL in the Enterprise Space)

  • For: Mozilla (XUL Enterprise Business Applications)
  • Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

Uploaded core XBLs for HTTP communication and widget infos. Working locally on a databank application that utilizes XBLs created, as well as libraries in PHP. Hope to commit the databank (employee data listing) soon! :)

Need people to work on the following areas:

thailocalization - v0.2

(Camino and docs)

  • For: Camino
  • Platform: Mac OS X

Changed goals and made some work available.

Notable Highlights

  • Put .jar files containing partial localizations of Firefox and Thunderbird on
  • Translated a Firefox tutorial
  • Translated a Thunderbird tutorial
  • Localizing Camino (currently ~70% complete)

Frutiala — 0.01

(Simple frontend for publishing)

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

First release.

Mozilla Archive Format — 0.6.2


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

Now uses C++ XPCOM zip writer component — No external zip tools are called for the archiving and extraction process.

Notable Highlights

  • Improved speed when creating and opening MAF files
  • Added Deer Park Alpha 2 compatibility code
  • Added new locales and fixed some internationalization bugs

Download Statusbar —

(View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar)

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

Lots of polish and new features including:

  • MiniMode that integrates into Firefox's statusbar
  • User defined customization of colors and sizes
  • Animations, speed sensitive colors and more

MultExI — v0.1

(install Mozilla/Firefox extensions across multiple machines)

  • For: Firefox
  • Platform: Windows, Linux, *BSD, Solaris (Server component)

MultExI is a new project on that tries to establish a method to install Firefox extensions across multiple machines.

The project is devided into two parts: a MultExI client Component and the corresponding server component.

On server side one can define a list of extensions to install. After the initial installation of MultExI on the client, the client contacts the server component and then installs all defined extensions.

The server component is a simple J2EE application, that should run in any container.

The target of the MultExI project ist the simplification of the integration and administration of system for standards, so that Firefox's way to companies becomes easier.

Later MultExI will also be adjusted for Thunderbird, Sunbird and Mozilla.

Client component:

  • Read mcc_config.xml (MulteXi Client Component _ Configuration), parse it and store properties in Firefox preferences
  • Download edf.xml (extensions definition file — file that defines extensions that have to be installed) and parse it.
  • For testing, half-automatic installation and updating of extensions defined in edf.xml by MultExI extension through common update/install user dialogs.

Server component:

  • Automatic configuration of mcc_config.xml
  • Pack MultExI distribution and publish it (with modified mcc_config.xml) under multexi.xpi in local web deployment
  • Administrate extensions to install through easy to handle web interface
  • Update MultExI distribution on server component that will be delivered at the initial installation, either through a complete automatic or manual update through the web interface

Tinderstatus - 0.2

(Displays the current status of tinderboxen)

  • For: Mozilla, Firefox
  • Platform: All

We missed an update announcement for Tinderstatus 0.2, which now simultaneously tracks five tinderboxes at once: SeaMonkey, Firefox, Thunderbird, Camino and XULRunner.

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