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New Chapter in 'The Book of Mozilla'

Sunday August 24th, 2003

It's one of the most well-known Easter eggs of all time. There can be few MozillaZine readers who are not aware that typing about:mozilla into the Location Bar of a Mozilla-based browser (or indeed, an earlier Netscape Navigator release) causes a verse from The Book of Mozilla to be displayed. In Netscape Navigator 1.1 to Netscape Communicator 4.8, the verse is from The Book of Mozilla, 12:10 (the numbers refer to December 10th 1994 and the release of Netscape Navigator 1.0), while in the later Mozilla builds, an extract from The Book of Mozilla, 3:31 (Red Letter Edition) is revealed (this time, the numbers refer to March 31st 1998, the date of the Netscape Communicator 5.0 source code release).

Soon, typing about:mozilla will show another installment of the Mozilla saga: The Book of Mozilla, 7:15 (Red Letter Edition), written by Neil Deakin. The date is of course July 15th 2003, the day that the Mozilla Foundation was formed and America Online closed the Netscape browser division. Look for the new about:mozilla page in a forthcoming build.


#23 Re: I am not seeing that...

by jonadab <jonadab@bright.net>

Thursday January 1st, 2004 6:48 AM

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> Well, I've heard that the language was inspired by the Book of Revelation.

I believe the language was inspired more by the Authorized Version translation than anything. It only sounds like the Bible if you're accustomed to reading the Bible in Early English. There's nothing particular about the _content_ that sounds like scripture (except that it is supposed to resemble prophesy), but rather the _language_ sounds like "Bible" to people because the Bible is the primary book people are used to reading in Early English. (Note: do not confuse Early English with Old English, which is much earlier.) The only other thing still commonly read in Early English would be Shakespeare, but Shakespeare.