Independent Status Reports
Friday March 28th, 2003
The latest set of status reports includes updates from NeedleSearch, Consultants, Jabberzilla, MozQuake, UserGuide, Beonex, Gnusto, Blozom, Uzilla, Googlebar, StumbleUpon and mozdev.
#1 NeedleSearch rocks!
Friday March 28th, 2003 11:21 AM
NeedleSearch is great. And it works in both Mozilla and Phoenix. You can easily add new search engines and the highlight and find in page buttons are really nice. If someone can make a set of icons that don't make the toolbar so tall, it would be perfect.
For those interested in tracking the newest googlebar release there's an ongoing discussion of the things to add in mozdev bug #3361 <http://mozdev.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=3361> - we're currently holding up the release just to polish off a few more things, but we're getting a lot closer (features like localizations, the int'l search prefs, and better foreign language supports making it more portable, plus the new icons, new searches, highlight feature improvements and preference settings making it more usable). We're also in the process of updating the help pages and screenshots for the new release; if there's a question you'd like to see answered, feel free to let us know. If there's any phoenix geniuses reading this, we could use a few pointers on our two phoenix display bugs: "Prefs panel not displaying" <http://mozdev.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=3375> and "No way to show/hide toolbar" <http://mozdev.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=2660> . Still, workarounds are available and the newxt release will have too much new to mention it all; check the relevant bugs.
#3 Re: Googlebar side notes
Friday March 28th, 2003 2:48 PM
I'm no phoenix genius but for the prefs panel not displaying bug, you have to add some additional phoenix code. Phoenix has an extension manager and from that extension manager (the extension panel in Tools->Options) you can launch the preferences (Settings) for each extension. You can see how others do that by inspecting the code for other Phoenix extensions like chris neil's compact menus or chris cook's tabbrowser preferences. And for showing and hiding a toolbar you can either go the rout of the needlesearch guys and add a show hide menu item (but they seem to have a bug causing that state not to persist across sessions) or you can go the rout of the mozEngineer from joe hewitt or UA String widget from david illsley and add your items to the toolbar palette so users can add your features when they customize toolbars. I like that second option, especially if your different fields and buttons are individual items so I could just add the ones I want and to the toolbar of my choice. See <http://texturizer.net/phoenix/extensions.html> for a good collection of Phoenix extensions that you might be able to examine for help on your efforts. Also, ask in the Phoenix extension forum where there are phoenix geniuses <http://www.mozillazine.or…forums/viewforum.php?f=19>
Good to see Jabberzilla still alive! Once this project *finally* get's to a 1.0 status... it will rock!
Cheers on the good work