Mozedit 0.1 Alpha for Mozilla Firebird

Friday September 12th, 2003

Mark Bokil writes: "I wrote a Notepad-like text editor extension for Firebird. It provides easy editing access to userChrome.css and userContent.css files, buffers similar to Emacs, document history, UI font/color options, and in-line HTML rendering preview, plus access to the JavaScript Console. This is a 0.1 alpha release of Mozedit for Firebird. It currently has dependencies on JSLib. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think."

#1 can't type

by jilles

Friday September 12th, 2003 6:55 AM

I installed it and gave it a try. It looks like something I could use. A xul based text/programming editor would come in handy for webdevelopment.

However, at the moment I can't type into the textarea (nothing happens on the screen when I type). I can open files but they seem to be read-only. Anyway, it is all alpha stuff so I understand.

Here's some feature ideas: - context menu item for links: "open in mozilla editor" - load the mozilla editor in a tab (or even the sidebar) instead of a window - or use tabs in the mozilla editor for multiple buffers

#2 Reply

by Racer

Friday September 12th, 2003 6:57 AM

Does this work on other Gecko browsers like Mozilla 1.4 or Netscape 7.1? If not, :/

I tried it in Mozilla 1.4 and chrome://mozedit/content/mozedit.xul did not load anything (although I could load about.xul).

#3 Really cool.

by Kevin

Friday September 12th, 2003 8:37 AM

Works very well on Mac OS X (9/11/2003 build). I like the Render pane .. I could see using this as a tool to quickly prototype HTML, CSS.

Some suggestions/bugs: - Inherit default font preference from Mozilla/Firebird - Since Mac doesn't have an in-window menubar I don't see the additional controls and buttons that are on the Windows/Linux menubar. - Options dialog buttons are ordered wrong on Mac. the default is supposed to be on the right. - Recommend using the title bar for the file name. - Perhaps add an "Open in Mozedit" menu option to the browser for local files.

#4 Very nice

by Prognathous

Friday September 12th, 2003 9:31 AM

I like the idea of a Mozilla-based notepad a lot, here are a few suggestions:

1. Make it a standalone application, rather than an extension. 2. Add support for right-to-left paragraph direction (for Hebrew and Arabic users). 3. Ditch the orange color. White is the what most users prefer in text editors.

Good luck!