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Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Candidate 1 Available for Testing

Wednesday September 27th, 2006

Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download. This preview of the next version of Firefox browser is aimed at Web Application Developers, testers and early adopters.

For more information, refer to the Release Notes.


#51 Re: Dictionary...

by WordWarrior

Saturday September 30th, 2006 7:29 AM

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krissilver,

You're preaching to the choir.

OS X, for instance, has a dev kit called Cocoa, which includes inline spell-checking for free. That is, any application I write using Cocoa will automatically include spell-checking. Due to the need to use legacy code, Firefox is built with Carbon, an older API for Mac OS (which predates OS X). However, Apple is starting to back-port Cocoa features to Carbon (hopefully one of them will be free spell-checking).

What I find a little bizarre is why the spell-checking feature wasn't designed to include the Thunderbird dictionary XPI files. Those files contained complete implementations for email spell-checking. As far as I know, even obscure dictionaries like Canadian English were included.

I can only surmise that the recent loss of developers to Google and other companies is starting to hurt, and that the developers they have left aren't as l377 as the guys who left. However, this is pure speculation, so don't take what I just said as an authoritative statement.