Mozilla Links Newsletter - 12 - February 3, 2004
Mozilla Links - English Edition
Issue # 12 - February 3, 2004
Welcome back to Mozilla Links!
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Mozilla Links Sponsorship Program (MLSP). This is a service offered to technology businesses in general who may want to offer their products and services to Mozilla Links subscribers through our regular Advertisement section. All revenue of the English edition will go directly to the Mozilla Foundation. Check HYPERLINK for all the details.
We are also pleased to announce the availability of four new Mozilla
Links editions: Czech, Chinese (traditional), Japanese and German are
joining to Polish and Dutch. So chances are greater now for you to
read this newsletter in your preferred language. Visit
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Links. And once again, thanks to the Mozilla community for your
In another aspect, as we all await for the release of more Mozilla merchandise (and hope for our preferred item to be considered), we would like to know which kind of merchandise you're waiting for. You can submit your opinion through this issue's poll or just drop us a letter to let us know what merchandise you'd like to see available.
Thanks for reading and please let us know any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org .
In this issue:
1. BETTER MOZILLA
Featured Extension: Tab Scroller
(developed by Jochen)
This extension allows to select a tab with the mouse scroll wheel. Just install it and restart your browser (Mozilla Browser or Mozilla Firebird). Open several tabs. To select one of them, right click and use the scroll wheel to switch browser tab.
Mozilla Links Tip: Customizing How Mozilla File Types Handling
When you click on a link to a file like a word document, song or
movie, Mozilla uses Helper Applications to display these filetypes
(e.g. Mozilla will start Adobe Acrobat Reader if you click on a link
to a PDF file). The first time Mozilla encounters a new file type, it
will show a pop-up dialogue that asks what to do with this filetype,
allowing you to check "Always perform this action when handling files
of this type" and you will not see this pop-up again.
If you change your mind aftwerwards and would like to change this settings:
Mozilla Links PowerTip: Set Your Translation Language
As you may know Mozilla 1.6 features back the automatic translation tool. With this, you can visit any website, select the Tools menu, click on "Translate Page" and you will have an English version of that web page, provided by Google (TM) Language Tools.
to, for example, to set Google to automatically translate from english to spanish:
en|de : English to German
You can also visit HYPERLINK for more fun tips for your favorite browser.
Have a Tip or a PowerTip? Let other users know about it by sending it to email@example.com .
2. THE NEWS
(contributed by MozillaZine, your source for Mozilla news and advocacy. HYPERLINK)
OneStat.com Reports Mozilla Usage Share at 1.8%
The latest browser figures from OneStat.com show that Mozilla has a 1.8% global usage share. This makes it the fourth most popular browser after Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 6, 5.5 and 5. In total, IE has a global usage share of 94.8 percent, according to the Amsterdam-based website statistics firm.
OneStat.com browser usage share statistics :
Full story : HYPERLINK
Technology and culture site Kuro5hin.org has published a primer introducing Windows users to Mozilla Firebird. The article outlines some reasons to switch to Firebird and offers some advice about making it the default browser and installing Macromedia Flash Player.
Mozilla Firebird Primer for Windows Users : HYPERLINK
Full story : HYPERLINK
Mozilla Developer Day Announced for February 27th
The Mozilla Foundation has announced a Developer Day to be held on Friday, February 27th. The preliminary schedule includes a Roadmap roundtable and sessions on quality assurance, Web services and Mozilla Calendar. Depending on the turnout, the event will be held at the Mozilla Foundation offices in Mountain View, California or at an alternative facility in the vicinity of Mountain View. In order to secure the proper size facility, developers should register early by sending to an email ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a $10 registration fee to attend, which includes a pizza lunch.
Full story : HYPERLINK
Schedule for Mozilla Developers Meeting in Europe 4.0 Published
A schedule for the Mozilla Developers Meeting in Europe 4.0 has been published. The event will take place at FOSDEM 2004 in Brussels on February 21st and 22nd.
Mozilla Developers Meeting in Europe 4.0 Schedule : HYPERLINK
Full story : HYPERLINK
3. MOZILLA INSIDER
(contributed by Alex Bishop)
As Mozilla Firebird, Mozilla Thunderebird and Camino head towards their 1.0 releases, new checkin requirements mean that developers making API changes to core Mozilla components must now ensure that they do not break Firebird, Thunderbird or Camino : HYPERLINK
The Mozilla bug tracking system, bugzilla.mozilla.org, has been upgraded to a newer version. Regressions are being tracked in the regressions meta-bug. If you think you have found a regression, check the list of known regressions to see if yours has been filed already, then file it if not.
Regressions meta-bug : HYPERLINK
List of known regressions :
File a regression bug : HYPERLINK
Several new enhancements have been added to development versions of Mozilla recently. When starting the Mozilla Application Suite Mail & Newsgroups component or Mozilla Thunderbird in online mode, the user is now prompted to send any unsent messages (bug 232452). Meanwhile, the dialog displayed when a site wants to store a cookie now allows to user to accept the cookie for just the current session (bug 230624).
Finally, Camino now requires Mac OS X 10.1.5 or above (bug 184864), due to instability problems with earlier versions of Mac OS X.
Full status update : HYPERLINK
4. MOZILLA PROJECTS
(contributed by Brian King)
Project of the Week: QuickNote
QuickNote is a compact but very useful extension. According to the author, it is loosely modeled after 'Post-It', 'Sticky', and the
"Quick Notepad" plugin for jedit. With a list of features, it's goal is to be unintrusive yet at the same time adding to productivity. You can lauch it in it's own window, in the sidebar, or in a window tab. Whichever method you choose, contained within you can have up to 4 tabs for your notes. There is an autosave option, or the option to Save As to store the note for use elsewhere. Perhaps the nicest feature so far is the ability to send selected text from the browser to QuickNote. This is available as a context menu item, and one of the preferences will allow you to include the page URL when you do this action. At version 0.5 at the time of writing, it is very much usable and worth checking out.
Independent Status Reports
The independent status reports include news and updates from Mozilla application and extension projects hosted on mozdev.org and elsewhere in the Mozilla community.
The latest report was posted on February 1, 2004 and includes :
Urlnav - v0.1.0, an Extension for navigating up and down a captured URL, allows you to navigate up or down the numeric portion of that url, or run a slide show. It also let's you return to that captured url. There are many future plans, including making it tab specific and allowing the user to select the portion of the URL to increment/decrement. HYPERLINK
Weather â€” v1.0 beta, show current weather conditions in Mozilla Thunderbird, is at its initial release stage but it works fine on both Thunderbird 0.4 and the latest nightlies. Features include current temperature and forecast for any US zip code in your e-mail client and humidity, wind chill, dew point, barometric pressure, and more available in tooltip. HYPERLINK
Dictionary Search - v0.2, to lookup words on webpage in an online dictionary, 0.2 was released on 29th of January. You can now select the online dictionary you want to use. On the homepage you can find a list of dictionaries for quite a number of languages. HYPERLINK
QuickNote - v0.5, a note taking extension slightly modeled after 'Post-It', 'Sticky' and the "Quick Notepad" plugin for jedit, 0.5 is a huge release with many many new features. Notable Highlights are improved Mozilla suite support (sidebar, prefs, etc.), tons of bug fixes (TB crashed, etc.) and more customization (colours, background, CSS styles). HYPERLINK
Read more about each of these projects in the full report at HYPERLINK
5. MOZILLA LINKS POLL
On our last issue we asked what topics you would like to see featured in future issues, here are the results.
- Mastering the Internet with 38% |]]]]]]]] Mozilla products - Deploying Mozilla products in 16% |]]] the enterprise - Developing Mozilla applications 24% |]]]]] - Inside the Mozilla Foundation 13% |]]] - Inside mozillaZine, mozdev.org 9% |]] and other Mozilla websites - Other topics 1% |
(*) Results may not sum up to 100% due to rounding.
This issue's poll : What kind of Mozilla merchandise are you more likely to buy?
- Clothing - Accessories : pins, pens, key chains, ear rings, charms, etc. - Mugs, glasses, coasters, etc. - Paper stuff : stickers, posters, agenda, calendars, notebooks, etc. - Tech related : pen drives, mousepads, phone/LAN cords, USB watches, etc. - Tools : flashlight, lighters, screwdrivers, etc. - Bags : briefcases, laptop bags, CD cases,lunch boxes, back packs and alike. - Car gear : license plate holder, air fresheners, etc.
Let your voice be counted at HYPERLINK
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