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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.


#8 Composer as a standalone app.

by pkb351 <pbergsagel@shaw.ca>

Wednesday May 7th, 2003 9:00 AM

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I was under the impression that the reason was included in Mozilla in the first place was not simply because it had been in Netscape 4 and so it is in Mozilla. I believe the reason Composer was included in Mozilla was that it provided many useful services for the browser and mail apps. Wasn't Composer used to fill in texxt boes and to compose html mail. Wasn't composer used to allow the page source to be vied within the browser. How will all this be handled if CXomposer is a stand-alone application. Will the code have to be duplicated in the browser and mail application or will a lot of composer's code be embeded within the Gecko engine.

Don't get me wrong I am very pleased with the direction Daniel outlines in his blog for Composer. I am unsure how the browser and mail apps will fill in the gaps with Composer as a stand-alone application.

It is wonderful to see Composer's development continued. There is a need for a quality free web site editor which does not have a biased slant to a "Windows only" world. The web must remain functional for all. The web is not just for those running MS software.

To this end I hope Daniel will resist any pressure to add things that only work in Windows or IE. If it does not work in "most" (preferably "all") browsers and OSs I hope it will not be included.