Mozilla 1.7 RC 1 Released
Wednesday April 21st, 2004
Asa wrote in to let us know that the first release candidate of Mozilla 1.7 has been released. Mozilla 1.7 reintroduces the Talkback crash reporting system, better GTK2 support, new popup blocking features, and a slew of other new features. A more complete list of changes in all components is available in the Mozilla 1.7 RC 1 Release Notes. Builds can be grabbed from the Releases page, or right from the FTP server.
Mozilla 1.7 is the next stable product branch for Mozilla clients, and it's expected that Firefox 1.0 and a new Thunderbird version will be released off it later this year. Along with that, MozillaZine also expects a summer release of a rebranded Mozilla 1.7 as a Netscape 7.2.
Update: Myk Melez wrote in to tell us that Mozilla 1.7 RC 1 can also be downloaded from the mozilla1.7rc1 directory on ftp.eu.mozilla.org, the European Mozilla FTP server.
#63 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Layout Regression
Friday April 23rd, 2004 5:12 AM
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I haven't looked at this in detail, but frankly the containing element / viewport behaviour was previously wrong in both IE and Mozilla by my reading, so maybe they've fixed it now. I remember taking part in a long mailing list thread about it once...
Relying on dubious, probably incorrect CSS behaviour at the bleeding edge is usually a bad idea. (Even if it is annoying that this means there are some things you can't do.) To make matters worse, this area was rather unclearly defined in CSS2, I don't know whether they tidied it up in 2.1...
Anyway, in my mind the summary of this area is that CSS is definitely a mess but Mozilla ought to make an effort to do what the spec says anyhow. Maybe they'll fix it in CSS3. (*not holding breath*)
As for 1.7 rc1... looks ok to me. :) I haven't had any problems. Oh... except that of course not being able to use .mht files has made it completely unusable as a primary browser. Apparently.
I seem to have muddled through for the last couple of years; on the one (1) occasion I wanted to make a .mht file I, er, loaded Internet Explorer... of course compared to the other 10,000 browser sessions for which Mozilla was preferable, this immediately made me select IE as my default browser, although the enormous number of advantages Mozilla has do still make it barely acceptable for fun browsing.