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Mozilla 0.9.6 Released

Tuesday November 20th, 2001

mozilla.org today made available for download binaries of the Mozilla 0.9.6 Milestone. The builds are available on the releases page, or you can get them directly from the ftp site.

New to this milestone are fixes for about 1,600 bugs including support for site icons in both the url bar and tabs (expect IE's favicons to show up in 0.9.7), displaying both Windows Bitmap (.bmp) and Windows Icon (.ico) files inline on all platforms, a new print preview implementation, Page Setup improvements on the Macintosh, Mail message 'labels' (Correction: This feature is not fully complete, only parts of the backed have landed.), and a new select and search context menu item, among others. If you are interested in more information on any of these new features, be sure to check out the release notes.

Also, mozilla.org last week released the source code on which Netscape 6.2 was based.


#12 Clumsyness Has Article Out on a Limb -- And Quest

by ipottinger

Wednesday November 21st, 2001 2:48 AM

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Clumsyness Has Article Out on a Limb -- And Quest in Limbo

Newest Article Released

Ian Pottinger -- 20 November 2001 (c)

A certain site released its latest attempt at producing an informative article earlier today. Nevertheless, it failed, again. A clumsy desire to post an article as soon as a milestone is released had the pre-fab article out on a limb, and the site's quest in becoming a mozilla news source in limbo, for the past ten days.

The latest article was likely composed using cut-and-paste sometime last week. More about that further down. First here is what is new in the latest article:

* 1,334 words (only 1 misspelt)

* 52 paragraphs

* 0 infomation based on a review of the milestone

More statistics and links are in the Resources section at the end of this article. Meanwhile here is what happened to put this article out on a limb and delay the site's quest in becoming a mozilla news source.

The article was somewhat clumsy and probably contained numerous spelling and gramatical errors. So, it is not surprising that it was not released last Friday when it was likely first composed. Nor is it surprising that the article was not released until today.

As we go to press so to speak, the spelling errors count for the article has been whittled down to 1.

That's right folks. The article was released with 1 spelling error still within it.

On the one hand, it is important to release articles while they still represent "news." On the other hand, it is important to present informative reviews based on actual experiences with the subject before releasing that article -- even if it means a delay in releasing the article. To the author's credit, this article contains a vastly reduce number of factual, gramatical, and spelling errors, though only likely due to its equally vast lack of content.

It is possible that there exists an error tracking memo titled *make new articles not suck* that point to numerous repeated errors that the author particularly wanted to avoid before releasing this article. However, since neither the author nor the site privides for reader comments or feedback, this can not be verified.

The article did not appear until this past Tuesday, 20 November -- only hours (if not minutes) after the latest milestone release was anounced.

That seems somewhat flaky. It just adds to the confusion, chaos, and turmoil in the site's quest in becoming a mozilla news source. This sort of clumsy posting of pre-fab articles containing no infomation based on actual use of the milestone puts the article out on a limb.

This in part is the reason we believe that this site's quest in becoming a mozilla news source is in limbo as stated in the title of the article.

Ab uno disce omnes, mozilla news sites depends upon reader feedback to help improve article quality. Readers cannot offer their comments or suggestions until such features are made available on this site -- or if they have the desirability and resources to contact the author directly.

Earlier today there were nearly 1,735 words (1,734 words to be exact) within this latest article. Those all are words that the author say should be consided informative content. However, with more than 400 words religated to the "resouces" section and the rest being mere number comparisons with on real analaysis, the informative content currently listed in the article is nil. (The copyright notice contains only 10 of those 1,734 words -- but it's another chunk off that big word count.)

Following past practices, the author created this newest article by copying from a previous one. Then he merely presented it under a new title, so to speak, by pasting then performing a few global-replaces in order to try to produce an informative article. Please see our 0.9.4 branching article, New Article Released -- Quickly & Less Inforative Than Ever, for more detail and information about the site articles.

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