MozillaNews Interview with David Ascher of ActiveState

Monday August 19th, 2002

MozillaNews has an interview with David Ascher, the tech lead for ActiveState Komodo. Komodo is a Mozilla-based IDE for Linux and Windows that allows developers to work with Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl, XSLT and other programming technologies.

#1 interesting

by kerz

Monday August 19th, 2002 7:54 PM

feh, let's see if autofill is fixed.

#2 Re: interesting

by asa

Monday August 19th, 2002 7:58 PM

what are you on about? autofill?


#3 Re: Re: interesting

by doron

Monday August 19th, 2002 8:15 PM

autofill is sexy, let him fool around with it!

#4 Re: Re: Re: interesting

by asa

Monday August 19th, 2002 10:24 PM

Satchel? Ahh, yes, sexy. Grrrr baby!


#5 1.1 issues

by robdogg

Tuesday August 20th, 2002 4:05 PM

I've used the last couple of 1.1 builds and there are a couple of issues. I was wondering whether they bother anyone else.

1. Why is there a line between the frames on It wasn't there in 1.0 and it is not there on IE.

2. 1.1 alpha had this cool behaviour whereby if you clicked on a bookmark group, it would wipe out other tabs with the ones defined in the bookmark group. I loved that. 1.1 beta has changed it so that the bookmark group tabs are added to the existing tabs. There should be an option that lets me change this behaviour.

#6 RE: 1.1 issues

by bmacfarland

Tuesday August 20th, 2002 10:23 PM

I didn't look at the code for the line at, but I don't know if that's necessary a negative thing. I've found that 1.1 renders a lot of sites either better or more like the author would've ended depending on your view.

I was one of the first people to use Multizilla and I just assumed that the natural behavior would be to append the tabs at the end. I was shocked when I went there the first time and lost my place in all my web pages. And when I woke up in the morning and wanted to read my news tab and my baseball tab, I had to have to browser windows open. I could have combined them into one tab, but once football season starts I'd have to edit my news+baseball tab again. I don't mind starting my day clicking two or tab groups (hey I'd have to do that and open new windows in between anyway). All that said, I think it should be an option in the preferences, but I think it's current behavior should be the default.

#8 My preference

by bamm

Thursday August 22nd, 2002 3:38 AM

Opening a normal bookmark replaces the current content, so when I open a tab group I expect to replace current tabs. I suggest opening a tab group while pressing the Ctrl key would open the group in newer tabs, while just opening them (without Ctrl) would replace existing set of tabs.

This would be analogous to the Ctrl+Click a link behavior.

#10 I couldn't agree more

by sporter

Tuesday August 27th, 2002 8:30 AM

I agree completely. I just installed 1.1 and the new behaviour when opening tab groups is very annoying. I want them to replace my existing set of tabs as in 1.0. Bugger.


by thelem

Wednesday August 21st, 2002 3:53 PM

I just took another look at the global stats from, which covers thousands of small websites and personal homepages.

They list Netscape 6 seperatly from Netscape 5, so I'm assuming Netscape 5 is non-netscape gecko based browsers. Over the last 4 months, the ratio of Netscape 5:Netscape 6 has been increasing in favour of Netscape 5, which could indicate increased peneration of Mozilla, CompuServe, AOL on OSX or possibly Netscape 7 PR1.

Combined Netscape 5 and 6 percentage for the past few months are as follows: May: 1.12% June: 1.20% July: 1.28% August: 1.7%

#9 That's great news!

by bamm

Thursday August 22nd, 2002 3:41 AM

I'm glad we're gaining users. Btw, your assumtion is correct - Netscape 5 there refer to anything that starts with Mozilla/5.0 which is any Gecko-based browser.