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.

#58 Integration - Cntrl E from browser

by darex

Thursday May 8th, 2003 8:56 AM

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I'm really hoping that the ability to edit a html page that is currently being displayed in the browser is kept. This is so handy for keeping hyperlinked notes -something I use every day.

This is one piece of integration that I will really miss if it goes.

In terms of composer generally - it has always seemed to be a bit buggy and slow to me - though not as bad as it used to be. Also reformatting of pages is definitely annoying. Is spite of this I really hope it is kept as it is a very useful lightweight editor.