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Tuesday October 16th, 2001

Asa Dotzler is here with our first in a series of articles, detailing various cool features in Mozilla that you can take advantage of. This article details how to use filters in Mozilla Mail to more effectively filter your bugmail. Click the Full Article link to check it out.

#1 What I do...

by Wildcard

Tuesday October 16th, 2001 2:49 PM

I usually dont CC myself to bug reports unless I really am interested in it or its an annoying crasher or something. Most of the bugs I keep an eye on are in my bookmarks which is getting pretty long now, but hey its better than getting bugspam all the time. I check this from time to time to see if the bugs I'm interested get fixed. I might change this approach now that this makes it more managable. Thanks for the info Asa, I'm sure other people that get bugspamed more than me will appreicate this info....

#2 Re: What I do...

by beastie

Tuesday October 16th, 2001 3:23 PM

I have a query that lists any open bugs that I've made a comment on that have changed in the past day. Then I cc: myself on other bugs that I haven't commented on, but am still interested in.

#3 Great!

by dave532

Tuesday October 16th, 2001 5:50 PM

Thanks for pointing out this new cool feature of Bugzilla (I already knew that this support had been added to the mail client).

It's good to see bugzilla adapting so quickly when new features are added to mozilla, bugzilla already has excellent support for the link element, this is yet another useful addition and as well as showing off mozilla features also makes life easier for people.

Wildcard: as you currently bookmark bugs rather than Cc are you aware of another cool feature in Moz: the fact you can set notifications for bookmarks. To do this open the manage bookmarks window and select properties, then select a schedule to check the bookmarks and then select a means (or multiple means) of notification, my favourite is changing the icon displayed when a bookmark is updated.

BTW Win32 users may want to install an XPI that gives them app icons for different Windows. e.g. the mail window will use the mail icon in the windows taskbar, composer will use a pen icon, navigator will use a wheel icon etc. You can install it here:

#8 Re: Great!

by Wildcard

Thursday October 18th, 2001 8:51 PM

I knew about that feature but never really gave much thought in using it for that purpose. Thanks for the idea :)

#4 Icons per function

by DavidGerard

Tuesday October 16th, 2001 6:25 PM

"BTW Win32 users may want to install an XPI that gives them app icons for different Windows. e.g. the mail window will use the mail icon in the windows taskbar, composer will use a pen icon, navigator will use a wheel icon etc."

Argh. So why the heck isn't this or something like it in the default install already? A long-standing bug, a solution to hand ...

#5 Re: Icons per function

by dave532

Tuesday October 16th, 2001 6:34 PM

I think it all boils down to deciding what the icons are to look like.

The capability for specific icons has been there for a while Netscape 6.1 already uses specific app icons, and now you can install the icons automatically in moz using this .xpi all the XPI does is copy the icon files to chrome/icons/default, not difficult.

Another useful hint: to change the splash screen without recompiling place a file called mozilla.bmp in the same directory as mozilla.exe, as you can tell by the extension mozilla.bmp is a Windows bitmap. No splash screen for Linux, dunno how to change the one on the Mac.

#9 Character Coding

by tearex

Friday October 19th, 2001 1:03 PM

This might have to do with the pages and/or mails having an untrue character set identification. For example eBay's automated messages all identify themselves as "us-ascii", but many contain cent signs or acute accents from the Latin-1 character set which are not in ASCII. This is more of an evangelism issue than a bug; encourage the originator of the pages or mails not to use composing tools that create erroneous character set identifications, or that rely on a certain default setting that not everybody uses. If every page on the web identified the character set correctly, many of these problems would not exist.

#6 <OT> Problems with Special Chars in .9.4,5

by jensend

Tuesday October 16th, 2001 8:54 PM

I know this is off the subject, but most special characters don't show correctly on my Moz installation since I started using .9.4, and the problems continue with .9.5. Foriegn characters are always messed up, and even some quotation marks get messed up as well. In the place of the special character, Mozilla puts a question mark. Since this doesn't appear to be a fairly common problem, I'm wondering if anybody has any idea what might be in my prefs.js file which would cause this. Please email me if you feel you know a resolution.

#7 Character Coding

by niner

Thursday October 18th, 2001 3:34 PM

This seems to me like a problem with your character coding settings in the View/Character Coding Menu. For most sites it should be Western (ISO-8859-1) to display these characters correctly. Auto-decect off works good for me.