Mozilla Links Newsletter - 5 - October 28, 2003

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Past couple of weeks have been pretty interesting.

Mozilla Links - English Edition
Issue # 5 - October 28, 2003

Welcome back to Mozilla Links!

Past couple of weeks have been pretty interesting. Mozilla Application Suite 1.5 was finally released with several enhancements like a SpellChecker for Mail and Composer, the option to print the list of attachments in an e-mail, the option to replace a set of tabs with a bookmarked set, asking for confirmation before closing a set of tabs, among the most welcome features. A complete list of new features can be found here:

Preview technologies, Mozilla Firebird 0.7 and Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 (stand-alone browser and mail/news applications, respectively) were also released with several enhancements.

Also, a beta website was released for general feedback. Visit it at: and submit your suggestions and comments to []

Mozilla CDs are available for ordering right now. Grab your copy for US$3.95 (plus a really small shipping and handling fee):

As always, your comments are very much appreciated. Please send them to []

Percy Cabello Mozilla Links

---------------------------------------------------------------------- In this issue:

1. BETTER MOZILLA - Mycroft - Find Texts And Links As You Type - Block Even More Pop-Ups

2. THE NEWS - Mozilla Foundation Launches New End User Services Including CD Sales, Telephone Support and Redesigned Website - Mozilla 1.5 Released - Mozilla Firebird 0.7 Released - Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3 Released


4. MOZILLA PROJECTS: Firebird Help and Independent Status Reports

5. MOZILLA LINKS POLL: Favorite E-mail Applications


1. BETTER MOZILLA ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Featured Enhancement: Mycroft

Mycroft is a library of very small search engine plugins that you can download and install into your favorite Mozilla browser to add native support for your prefered search engine.

This way, you can quickly perform specialized searches for movies, song lyrics, auctions, dictionaries or any other category available at Mycroft's 500+ searchable library featuring engines from all around the world. It can really enhance you web browsing experience and save a lot of time.

In Mozilla Firebird (technology preview) you can also access Mycroft by clicking the icon in the search text box and selecting "Add engines ...".

Try them at:


Mozilla Links Tip: Find Texts And Links As You Type (contributed by, edited by Percy Cabello)

Find As You Type is a simple built-in feature in Mozilla browsers that lets you navigate through the links on the web page by typing in the first few letters of the link. Click on a blank are in the webpage you want to search and start typing in the name of a link on the page.

When a link is found, the status bar will show more information about the link. Press Enter to follow the link. If there is more than one link with the same name, press F3 or Ctrl-G (Shift-F3 or Ctrl-Shift-G to move to the previous match) or to move to to the next link that matches what you have typed. The backspace key works for erasing your search term letter by letter.

If you just want to find text on the web page and highlight it, type the slash (/) key first, then enter the text you want to find.

Check the full text of this tip at:


Mozilla Links PowerTip: Block Even More Pop-Ups (contributed by Mozilla Firebird website,

Mozilla browsers have a built-in pop-up blocker that is activated by default. However, they don't stop web pages from opening in new windows by using the target="_blank" or the illegal target="_new" properties. To force such links to open in the same window, add the following code to your user.js file:

// disable target="_blank" (open in same window): user_pref("browser.block.target_new_window", true);

Or, type about:config to access all available preferences. Locate browser.block.target_new_window; double-click it and type "true".


Need more tips? Try the TipBar Extension to get the Tip of the Day in Mozilla Firebird. Grab it at

You can also visit for more fun tips for your favorite browser.

Have a Tip or a PowerTip? Let other users know about it by sending it to [] .

2. THE NEWS ---------------------------------------------------------------------- (contributed by MozillaZine, your source for Mozilla news and advocacy. )

Mozilla Foundation Launches New End User Services Including CD Sales, Telephone Support and Redesigned Website ---------------------------------------- On Wednesday 15th October, the Mozilla Foundation launched several new end user services, including CD sales, telephone support and a beta version of a new website.

Mozilla CDs cost $3.95 (plus $3 shipping and handling, with an extra $1.00 charge for non-US orders) and include Windows, Linux and Mac OS X versions of Mozilla 1.5 (with source code), Mozilla Firebird 0.7, Mozilla Thunderbird 0.3, Camino 0.7 (Mac OS X only) and Bugzilla. For $16.95, users can purchase an annual subscription, which will guarantee them every major Mozilla release on CD for a year. Mozilla CDs can be purchased from MozSource at CD order fulfillment is handled by E-FLO, the same company that deals with the sale of Netscape on CD.

Telephone support, available only for versions 1.5 and greater of the Mozilla Application Suite, is provided in partnership with DecisionOne, who also offer support for Netscape. Phone support costs $39.95 per incident and can be obtained by calling 1-888-586-4539 from within the United States. DecisionOne's Mozilla support page has more information. The Mozilla Foundation plans to begin offering email support once a suitable partner has been found. A range of free community-based support is also available.

A beta of the new website has also launched. The redesigned site places a much greater emphasis on the needs of end users, with a new central products section for getting the latest Mozilla releases. Development information is still there but it's a little more tucked away. Most of the site has also been updated with a warmer and friendlier look, with improved navigation that highlights the new end user services.

MozSource Mozilla Store:

Telephone support:

New website beta:

Full story:

Mozilla 1.5 Released --------------------- On the same day as the Mozilla Foundation launched its new end user services, Mozilla 1.5 was released. In addition to enhancements to tabbed browsing, Mail & Newsgroups and the DOM Inspector, this milestone also features many Composer improvements, including support for absolutely positioned elements, better resizing for images and tables, z-index management and a new snap-to-grid option. The ChatZilla IRC client has been overhauled and now includes support for logging. Mozilla 1.5 also features a spellchecker, as well as improved standards support and better performance and stability.

Mozilla 1.5 Release Notes:

Download Mozilla 1.5:

Full story: http://www.mozillazine

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