Cool Introduction To Mozilla's Technologies

Wednesday May 17th, 2000

Shelley Powers writes, "Archimedes once said of the lever, 'Give me a place to stand, and I can move the earth'. I'd like to modify that quote and say 'Give me XML, CSS, and a little script, and I can create any application'.

"The technology that inspires this statement is all bundled up under the misnomer 'browser', and goes by the name of Mozilla or Navigator 6.0.

"I say 'misnomer' because though all of the components delivered with each product do make up a browser, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. In fact, downloading Mozilla/Navigator 6.0 is like getting your own little toolbox of goodies that you can then use to create your own applications.

"Once you have a better idea of the functionality that's easily accessible, you'll be just like me -- you can't wait to create your first application. So here's mine, an online interactive tutorial that covers the functionality included with Mozilla/Navigator 6.0.

"There are two ways to view the tutorial: viewing the tutorial pages directly or using the Tutorial Viewer, created using XUL."

#7 Re: Mozilla is the new Emacs

by rkl

Thursday May 18th, 2000 4:51 AM

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The problem I have with Emacs is that I now consider it bloatware - why do we *need* a LISP interpreter in a text editor ? Emacs defaults also leave a lot to be desired - for example, why does it default to dreadul half-page scrolling and why are the key mappings so arcane (e.g. CTRL-C is part of the sequence to exit - as in CTRL-X - CTRl-C - whereas CTRl-C is normally interrupt in UNIX ! Also CTRL-Q/CTRL-S are used, which are traditionally XON/XOFF chars...) ?

No, I'd rather Mozilla wasn't the new Emacs thank you, but you could argue it's going that way. I'm a little surprised that there's no "Standalone" build binaries available for Mozilla (i.e. no News, no Mail, no Editor, just the Browser) - by not supplying those in addition to the full Mozilla suite, some people could accuse Mozilla of getting a bit bloated...