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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.


#64 anything happening with this?

by ice <ice@dev.java.net>

Thursday September 4th, 2003 6:53 AM

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i love composer, and really can't wait to use the standalone version. It's the only reason why i keep downloading Mozilla, because i've been using Firebird and Thunderbird (today even Sunbird) since their first release.

I think that something useful would be a Tidy checker <http://tidy.sf.net.> The Validate HTML takes you to the W3C website while you can do it on your own computer. Tidy does an excellent job with XHTML1.1 strict websites.

And most important than all i think that composer is a great WYSIWYG editor, but not a very useful code editor... i found myself doing some layouts in composer but i can't even write in Composer... only a couple of weeks ago you were allowed to _search_ in the textarea... i think that the editor should be far more capable, and that should be with extensions.

As mentioned Jedit is an excellent example of what an editor must be.