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#54 Mozilla and the HTML editor

by Anon

Thursday September 30th, 1999 5:02 PM

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Actually, I noticed a while ago in the builds that the configure script supports the "--disable-editor" option, but if you try to build Mozilla with that option, it falls over (I think it was a find/replace issue - sharing of code between the editor and the find dialog). That was a while ago...maybe that's been fixed by now.

It will be very disappointing if there can't be a Mozilla (and by definition a Netscape 5.X) released without an HTML editor - that's *instant* bloat for about 99% of all users !

What's wrong with just a plain browser ? Yes, we need Java, JavaScript, secure mode (for the Netscape 5.X release) and simple mail composition, but nothing else I can think of is actually essential for day-to-day browsing - mail reading, news reading, HTML editing and so on should be configurable to run external apps.

It would be great if we could have a basic browser binary ("Navigator Standalone" equivalent) under 10MB - that should be the aim of the Mozilla team, IMHO. Navigator Standalone 4.7 is currently 8.8MB - anything much larger than that for the Mozilla beta/Netscape 5.X version would be a step back in my books. Of course, run-time RAM usage is important too, but I usually find it's proportional to the size of the binary :-)