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.

#38 re: Frameset

by nirwana

Wednesday May 7th, 2003 3:53 PM

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How many personal homepages with frames are out there ? Wouldn't you want these authors to switch from MS Frontpage to Mozilla's Composer. I see lots of them that made a frames-page with Frontpage. But when they would like to edit it with Mozilla's Composer they are disappointed because Composer says it cannot handle it. Mozilla can handle frames without problem, so that sounds strange to these users.

You need not make a WYSIWYG-editor for me, but there are lots of users who just rely on WYSIWYG for their webpages. Mozilla's Composer can be a good alternative for them, if only it would handle frames correctly. Does not sound too difficult to add to me. If only one could visually design a frameset and define which webpage should be displayed in which frame...