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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
#185 Re: it doesn't run native text editing code.. Rant!
Tuesday April 23rd, 2002 2:57 PM
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> If you could just type what you want to type what you are thinking why should you need Shift- > PageUP/Home+End+Insert functionality.. thats why the mouse was invented.. mouseover & > highlight, rightclick cut, and paste.. sheees.. get off your old keyboard habits already.. I > use shift-Arrow keys for that, its sufficient works just as fast.. By time my fingers find > those keystrokes I've already cut and pasted with the mouse..we have Shift-End of Line and > Shift-Home which works, but the arrow keys are way faster..
I have to differ with you. Perhaps using a mouse for editing is better if you are not a fast touch-typist, but for many of us, the keyboad is much faster. I find that the mouse is better for selecting irregular blocks of text, but not nearly as efficient otherwise. As soon as you have to take your hands off the keyboard, you're slowing yourself down. Keyboard shortcuts are almost always faster, provided that you've memorized them and you don't have to look at the keyboard to execute them. I rarely use the Shift-PageUP sequence, but I commonly use shift-Arrow, shift-Home and shift-End. Each of these perform distinct functions, and neither really replaces the other. Shift-Arrow alone doesn't cut it -- I don't always want to include the CRLF in my selection.
Anyway, I think the whole point is the question of whether it's better to have Mozilla work exactly the same way regardless of platform, or to have Mozilla integrate better with the platform on which it is running. I tend to take the middle ground, and feel that each of these areas should be examined separately. In the case of text editing, I think Mozilla should add to its own feature set any of the implementable features that are native to the OS. This just makes switching to Mozilla much easier.