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.

#30 Re: is composer really necessary

by cgonyea

Wednesday May 7th, 2003 12:16 PM

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Easy, Composer is perfect when someone wants to make an easy and quick web page. Perhaps spinning it off to a stand-alone product will allow it to gain features that will make it comparable to Dreamweaver and GoLive without introducing unwanted bloat into Midas and others.

If you make Midas more powerful and feature rich, then you got Composer. So nothing is gained by rewriting the wheel.