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Mozilla 1.0 RC1 Released

Thursday April 18th, 2002

mozilla.org today released the first 1.0 Candidate, in preparation for a final 1.0 build. They'll be using RC1 to evaluate where the 1.0 branch stands as far as crash bugs, and other things that drivers@mozilla.org are tracking. RC1's changes since 0.9.9 include the abilty to view the source of a cgi (the most duped bug), reorganized context and main menus, LDAP over SSL, return recipts, new animated mail alerts on Windows, Download Manager, final xul syntax changes, and numerious other bug fixes.

You can download RC1 from mozilla.org's Releases Page or read the Release Notes. We highly encourage you to download the talkback enabled builds, so crashes can be found and logged prior to 1.0. (These pages haven't reached mozilla.org yet, you can grab builds from the FTP site.)

Once people start using RC1 and drivers@mozilla.org get a handle on how the reception of it goes, they will be deciding whether or not to release another candidate or 1.0 itself. We'll keep you updated on this process, and let you know what is decided.


#160 About Composer

by PaulB <pbergsag@home.com>

Monday April 22nd, 2002 8:01 PM

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Some call composer a "butt of jokes" and that it "ramks only above FrontPage" because it didn't pretend to be a development tool for professionals. Others cpomplin about composer delaying the "browser only" progress and making the project over two years late.

Well I like to view the situation very differently. I view composer as a very vital part of the Mozilla project. Without composer Mozilla would be much less the project it is today. Here is why I feel this way:

1. Many users want an alternative for Microsoft's email offerings which seem to disregard security Some are staying with NS 4.7 simply becuase of its mail program. Without composer could Mozilla deliever a quality Mail program?

2. Web Development. There is (at the moment) no alternative to Frontpage for Web development. Sure there are professional programs, such as Dreamweaver but this program, as good as it is, is much too costly and complicated to meet the needs of the low end market. Besides, Frontpage is very closely tied to Internet Explorer and Windows only. Frontpage is only fully compatable with IE. We need a cross platform alternative to FrontPage, and an alternative which respects the W3C standards and produces pages that any W3C standard's browser can view. At the low end FrontPage is used by many commercial sites. I don't like the fact that Microsoft, through its development of FrontPage, can control the standards used on the Web. I want an alternative which doesn't favour any one browser as long as it follows W3C standards. (Two years ago the Internet seemed headed to a future were the user reuired Windows and IE. Today, thanks to Mozilla and the continued development of Composer the prospect of an open Internet where theend user is free to select his/her own OS/platform and browser seems much brighter.)

3. I want Mozilla to be the prefered browser for web development and for this to happen Mozilla requiresweb development tools. It needs the Java console, Javascrip console, Javascript debugger, DOM Viewer and yes it needs Composer. Maybe Composer needs futher development and is not all it could be right now. But if we want to encourage Web Developers to use Mozilla for Web development Composer is a must. Sure the high end developers will still use tools such as DreamWeaver. But there is still a need for composer. If a developer needs to quickly change an item on a page and doesn't want to hand code the change will appreciate Mozilla all the more for Composer. Sure Composer requires more work. One day soon It will be good enough for the causual Web designer, amd eventually I forsee the day when even the the mid end Web designer will feel comfortable using Composer. Composer need to be developed and promoted. The more composer is used for Web design, the more likely the Web will retain the W3C standards and stay "open" as it was intended at its conception. The more Mozilla's Web development features attract Web designers to Mozilla, the more the Web will remain open and patform and browser independent.

I for one, cannot concieve of Mozilla without Composer. Composer is essential to the Mozilla project. It is essential to keeping the Internet aopen and free from proprietary issues. COMPOSER must not be abandoned! IT MUST NOT!