Mozilla Links Newsletter - 19 - June 4, 2004

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The entire Mozilla community is waiting with breathless anticipation as we wait for news of when Firefox 0.9 will be released. Many wonder how much more the project will go behind schedule.

Mozilla Links - English Edition
Issue # 19 - June 4, 2004

The entire Mozilla community is waiting with breathless anticipation as we wait for news of when Firefox 0.9 will be released. Many wonder how much more the project will go behind schedule.

The upside? With longer periods for testing and innovation Firefox should contain fewer bugs then we would usually expect from a beta. A new extension manager and theme manager have been drawn up by Ben Goodger with such goodies as automatic updating and many bells and whistles for developers. Look for more about this under News.

We'll try to take our minds off of the late release of Firefox by testing the latest candidates of the Mozilla Suite (available at the Mozilla releases page at ).

Also appearing this month is the much awaited DevLinks newsletter. You can find the latest information about this developer-oriented newsletter at it's website at .

As Mozilla Thunderbird approaches the 1.0 milestone, we want you to stay tuned to what's going on with this powerful e-mail client. This Mozilla Links issue is focused on Mozilla Thunderbird. You will find an interesting extension developed by Mozilla Foundation's Myk Melez that adds syndication capabilities to Thunderbird, as well as tips and a poll to better know about your interest in Thunderbird.

Thanks for reading and please send any comments to [] .

Percy Cabello & Robin Monks Mozilla Links

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

1. BETTER MOZILLA - Forumzilla - Classify Your Email with Message Filters - Disable Sending Progress Window - Change the Advance to Next Unread Message Behavior


3. NEWS - Roaming Profiles Coming to Mozilla 1.8 - Details of Forthcoming Mozilla Firefox 0.9 - Last Month Mozilla Releases

4. PROJECTS - Independent Status Reports



1. BETTER MOZILLA ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Featured Extension: Forumzilla (developed by Myk Melez)

Forumzilla is an extension to Mozilla Mail and Thunderbird for reading RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and Atom feeds. It lets you read feeds using the standard three-pane mail interface you may already be familiar with.

By the time you read this, new Forumzilla 0.5.1 should be available. featuring, on Myk's own words:

- A clunky dialog for editing your subscriptions, so there's no need to hack text files in your profile directory anymore - A harder-to-read RDF-based subscriptions file format, to give you more of a challenge if you decide to hack text files anyway - A link you can click to read any story in your web browser, in case you want to read stories the old-fashioned way - A raft of fixes for various feeds and better support for international feeds in non-ASCII charsets.

Plans for the future include: - Easier methods for subscribing to RSS feeds and manage subscriptions - Better integration with Thunderbird, like new mail notification when Forumzilla receives a new story - Threaded discussion for discussion-oriented feeds - A way to comment on stories for feeds that allow it

Download it from:

Report bugs or check before requesting a feature here:

Track Forumzilla development through these mailing lists: - For general discussion:

- For announcements:


Tip: Classify Your Email with Message Filters (contributed by Percy Cabello)

If you are subscribed to several newsletter like this, or use Mozilla Thunderbird multi-account capabilities, you may want to automatically classify messages to specific folders.

For example, if you want to have all editions of Links delivered to a specific folder, folow these instructions:

- Select menu item "Tools" and then "Message filters" - Press the "New" button - For "Filter name", enter "Mozilla Links" - Check "Match any of the following" - Select "Sender", "contains" and type "" (the email address issues are sent from. - In "Perform these actions", check "Move to folder" and choose a mailbox folder or press "New folder" to create a new one, i.e "Mozilla Links" - Press "OK" - If you want to sort your Inbox now, select the just created filter ("Mozilla Links") and press "Run now" to move all newsletter e-mail you may have received to the "Mozilla Links" folder.


PowerTip: Disable Sending Progress Window (adapted from Mozilla Thunderbird Help site @

When you send an e-mail in Mozilla Thunderbird, an informative progress window appears. If you find this window annoying or ditracting, follow these steps to disable it:

- Open user.js file in your profile folder. (For details on finding your profile folder, visit - Add the following code: // Turn off extra sending window user_pref("mailnews.show_send_progress", false);


PowerTip: Change the Advance to Next Unread Message Behavior (adapted from Mozilla Thunderbird Help site @

When you click on the "Next" button (or simply press "N") you normally advance to the next unread message in the current folder. If there are no unread messages left in a folder, Thunderbird will ask if you want to advance to the next folder containing unread messages. You can change this behavior by adding the following code to your user.js file in your profile folder (for details on finding your profile folder, please visit

// This pref controls the "Advance to next unread message" behavior // 0 - Always go to the next folder without prompting // 1 - Ask before going (the default behaviour) // 2 - Never go to the next folder with unread messages user_pref("mailnews.nav_crosses_folders", 1);


Need more tips? Try the TipBar Extension to get the Tip of the Day in Mozilla Firefox. 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. MOZILLA COMMUNITY ----------------------------------------------------------------------

There's no doubt that is one of the main forces behind the Mozilla projects, providing not only hosting but a whole environment for developers enthusiastic about Mozilla technologies to provide us our favorite extensions, themes and manuals.

To know a little bit more about them and the project, we asked the team: David Boswell, Pete Collins, Brian King and Chris Neale. Here's an excerpt of the interview:

David Boswell: The site was created near the end of 2000 and was set up to host some Mozilla projects we were working on at the time, including the Script Editor, Total Recall and the Theme Builder. These were projects that Pete was leading when we were both working at a place called Alphanumerica.

When the site went live we opened up project creation to everyone in the community since we wanted to help promote the idea of using Mozilla as a platform. There are some links to old versions of the site.

[Chris Neale let us know that an old version of can be found at:]

ML(Mozilla Links): What is the relation with Mozdev Group, Inc.?

Brian King: Mozdev Group Inc. (MDG) is a Mozilla Software Development Company founded by Pete Collins on January 24th 2003. It is now completely independent from, and exists as a business to deliver high-quality Mozilla software solutions for clients.

- What other projects are you involved in? What's the status of Creating Applications with Mozilla? Plans.

DB: I would be interested to update the content for Creating Application with Mozilla and make it into a second version, but I don't think this is the time to do it. Mozilla is still evolving quickly and I think it will be easier to work on an update to the book when things become more stable.

BK: A second edition would be nice, but we'd need to pitch it to the publisher (O'Reilly) first!

For the complete interview, visit:

3. NEWS ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Roaming Profiles Coming to Mozilla 1.8 -------------------------------------- (originally reported by MozillaNews)

Ben Bucksch, developer of Beonex Communicator (a Mozilla-based Internet suite), has finished programming Roaming Profiles capability for Mozilla. This features allows users who use several computers within a network to have all their preferences (stored in the profile) available wherever they log in and launch Mozilla.

It will be a welcomed addition for home and enterprise network users.

Details of Forthcoming Mozilla Firefox 0.9 ------------------------------------------ (originally reported by

In a recent interview with, Ben Goodger, Lead Developer of Mozilla Firefox, precised some of the enhancements and new features we may expect in the next release:

- New Extension and Theme systems, including a much expected Extensions and Themes manager that allow easily finding extensions and upgrading them as new releases go out. This should also mean much less broken themes and extensions when a new Firefox version is released. - A much smaller download size (only 4.6MB). - The following browsers (with more to come in 1.0) will be supported by the migration tool currently in development: - On Windows: Internet Explorer, Opera, Netscape 7.x, Mozilla 1.x and Netscape 4.x - On Mac and Linux: Netscape 7.x and Opera Internet Explorer users will find all of their user data (Favorites, Passwords, Cookies, form data, browsing history, and search keywords) moved to Mozilla Firefox. - Improvements to Searching and Bookmarks. - The ability to launch your default email/news readers from the browser. - Lots of bug fixes.

Last Month Mozilla Releases --------------------------- (originally reported by

May was a very active month for the Mozilla products:

- Mozilla 1.4.2, becoming temporarily the stable version until Mozilla 1.7 is released in the next few weeks.

- Mozilla 1.7 RC2, a new release candidate for the forthcoming new stable version of Mozilla Application Suite.

- Mozilla 1.8 Alpha.

- America Online announced that it will release a new version of good old Netscape (7.2) to be based in Mozilla 1.7. According to previous announcements of AOL, Netscape 7.1 should have been the very last release.

- Camino 0.8 Beta, a Mozilla-based browser with native MacOSX Cocoa user interface, features a Google search field in the toolbar (like Firefox's), a more-compact download manager, an entirely rewritten bookmark system, capability to import Safari, IE, and Mozilla bookmarks, with Rendezvous and Address Book integration and multi-level undo support, greatly improved cookie management, and many more changes.

- Mozilla Thunderbird 0.6 released, featuring a new installer for Windows version, a new Pinstripe theme for MacOSX, improved junk mail controls, the new Thunderbird logo and several other improvements.

4. PROJECTS ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Independent Status Reports (contributed by Brian King)

The independent status reports include news and updates from Mozilla application and extension projects hosted on and elsewhere in the Mozilla community.

The latest report was posted on May 30, 2004 and includes:

Checky - v2.1, a Resource Validation and Analysis Extension for Mozilla and Firefox. For: Firefox and Mozilla Platform: All Checky features an easy to use Interface to many different free and commercial Online Validation and Analysis Services. Among the many features are: - Validate and analyse HTML, XHTML, CSS, RDF, RSS, XML, WAI, Section 508, P3P, Hyperlinks, Metadata and many more - Validate resources from your local hard drive - Validate resources from intranet locations - Validate dynamic PHP, Perl, CGI, Java, ASP, ColdFusion, C# resources (e.g. *.jsp, *.php, *.cgi, *.do, *.pl) during development - Easy configuration - View results in new Window or Tab

MozillaBook - v 0.2.1, a Users Guide for Mozilla For: Mozilla and Mozilla-derived projects Platform: n/a Changes from the previous version are: - Couple small bug and formatting fixes - Added version number to title page - Reworked the profile migration section

Mozilla Archive Format - v0.2.18, enabling Save complete web pages in a single archive. For: Firefox Platform: Windows, Linux In this release several features have been added. Future plans include optimizing the MHT decoding, the ability to refresh archive contents, saving non-html content to an archive, URL rewriting for links to pages in archives and saving additional meta-data such as page history, text zoom and scroll position. Notable Highlights: - MHT Read support (95% compatible I estimate) - Installer now also installs scripts and external apps - Multiple complete pages can be stored in a single archive with original url stored in meta-data

Enigmail - v0.84.0. OpenPGP encryption for emails. For: Mozilla and Thunderbird Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, Solaris, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD Enigmail 0.84.0 for Thunderbird 0.6 and Mozilla 1.7 was released on May 7. Highlights: - Enhanced rules for setting encryption and signing defaults per individual recipient - New editor for per-recipient rules

MozManual - Final 1.0, Web Version 0.7, Dutch Version 0.5, an Introduction to Mozilla - A Manual for First Time Users; a brief overview and feature guide. For: Mozilla Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX Notable Highlights - Web (HTML) version of the manual now available; this can be used as an online tutorial/introduction to Mozilla - Content is complete - now checking for errors and omissions - Dutch version ( - Nederlands), Version 0.5: Updated draft preview of the Mozilla Manual is now available

Read more about each of these projects in the full report at

5. POLL ----------------------------------------------------------------------

On our last issue, we asked which plug-in do you find the most important. Here are the results:

- Macromedia Flash 35% |]]]]]]] - Adobe Reader 28% |]]]]]] - Apple QuickTime 5% |] - Real Player 1% |] - Java 28% |]]]]]] - Other plug-in 3% |]

Note: Results may not sum up to 100% due to rounding.

New poll: Do you plan to switch to Mozilla Thunderbird?

- I already have - As soon as it reaches 1.0 - As soon as it includes a feature in the roadmap - I am fine with Mozilla Mail and don't plan to switch - I am fine with my non-Mozilla e-mail client - I am stucked with my current email client and can't switch

Let your voice be counted at

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