Daniel Glazman Outlines Future of Mozilla Composer
Wednesday May 7th, 2003
The new Mozilla Roadmap set out clear paths for Mozilla's Web browsing and mail/news applications with the continuation of the Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird projects. However, the future of the other Mozilla Application Suite components, such as Composer (Mozilla's Web page editor), was left less certain. Last month, Daniel Glazman, a member of the Mozilla Editor team and author of the popular CaScadeS stylesheet editor (now landed on the Mozilla trunk but not built by default), volunteered to continue maintaining Composer. Daniel has published a weblog posting outlining his plans for the future of Composer, which will live on as a standalone application rather than as a Firebird extension. The laundry list of planned improvements includes better CSS editing abilities, XHTML 1.0 support, an extension to allow MathML to be used and support for HTML forms. Improvements will also be made to make it easier for authors to create new extensions, opening up even more possibilities for Composer's future.
Wednesday May 7th, 2003 10:32 AM
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I don't know if I see spreadsheets as a use for composer, but maybe. This may sound a little weird as I haven't put any thought into it until just now, but it seems like a spreadsheet and client-side database (something like Access) could (should?) be combined into a MozData application. That way you'd leave the MozData to deal with structured (cell-based) data, and Composer as a free-form text editor for document files, whether they be .DOCs or include all the bells and whistles of an advanced HTML/CSS editor.
I'm going to use my license to get even crazier and say that the applications should detect what mode you are using it in and shut off the other to conserve resources. For instance, if I'm writing my resume, I shouldn't need tag completion or W3C validators. But if I'm working on a web page with a text-editor, I shouldn't need bolding and underline. On furhter thought perhaps these should continue to be different apps after all.