Checkins and lots of new and updated documentation delivered this week
seems to have unblocked most people waiting to use the XPToolkit.
If you disagree, and are still waiting, please let us know so we can unblock
XUL will be case-sensitive (not really a decision, we didn't know XML required
it), using lowercase, as used in the HTML in the W3C working draft Reformulating
HTML in XML .
AppRunner is suffering from bit rot, with unpredictable instability, especially
on Mac & Unix.
Mac & Unix folks are still having to spend way too much time fixing
builds & regressions, and in trying to avoid getting clobbered by them.
MacOS menus performance is pretty much screwed if we choose
to dynamically build at user click time rather than making gradual
changes to the model/view over time. Chris Saari is trying to get some
feedback from Apple as to how to deal with this.
Scott Collins is planning to be onsite starting sometime soon after March
Here's Akkana's update on the status of the editor (composer):
"We have an editor testbed now!
apprunner -url resource:/res/samples/EditorAppShell.xul
brings up apprunner already in edit mode, with some composer-like
Note that most of the toolbar and menu items aren't hooked up yet, and
the testbed's stability and performance is subject to apprunner
Meanwhile, Edit->Copy has been hooked up for Unix; work has been
proceeding on changing attributes (e.g. toggle state); a collection
of new dialogs have been checked in to editor/dialogs; work continues
on getting the caret hooked up on Unix and Windows; and the
nsIHTMLEditor interface has been created."
DanVeditz writes in with this update:
- still negotiating with the security folks about whether to allow
unsigned installs and how to do so safely.
- After being one of the early adopters of the DOM idl compiler, now
we're discussing implementing the software update objects directly
partially done on the "Classic" codebase, and seems to be about
the only way we can implement something at all close to the old
4.x SmartUpdate API given method overloading and arguments passed
- performing massive code review on the current code to make sure
we're not carrying cruft over from 4.x (complicated by a hurried
conversion from Java to C++)."
Troy writes in with this update:
"Mostly bug fixing from Kipp and Chris.
I've been working getting tables to split when we're paginated. Now
basic splitting of row groups and rows works. I also added support for
replicating the table caption. I'm now working on replicating of the
table header and footer frames."
Phil Peterson has news regarding the Mail/News client:
1. Porting to new apprunner and command semantics
2. Sending mail using a plain text composition window, the mail backend, and SMTP
3. Dependencies between RDF, XPFE, and mail/news mostly broken (except on Mac where there are Registry issues). Now anyone can build by pulling
/mozilla/mailnews and using the makefile.in (Linux) or makefile.win (Win32)
4. Adding Win32 mail/news to a test Tinderbox build this weekend
1. Bring up mail news on the real Tinderbox, and Linux too.
2. Real data in the thread pane, hopefully from MORK, but if not, we'll fake up data under the MDB layer
3. More work on toolbars and menus in XUL for three pane window
4. First life of commands routed from XUL to data source
5. Read Prefs from 4.x
6. XPConnect-heavy (Brendan's JS-to-C++ calling mechanism using IDL) for unit testing
1. Still tracking for first real mail functionality by March 12
2. Feature planning to begin in earnest, and in public, soon
3. Some folks returning from vacation next week
4. Mac PPC officially added to "in" platforms list for Messenger, joining Win32 and Linux"
|Grendel (Java Mail/News client)
|Submitted by Giao Nguyen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Giao has this update for us:
"Busy week for us Grendel hackers. Preference dialog box is up and
running. No more hacking the preference file manually for mail
configurations. News interaction is in! This completes the mail bits
and the news bits. Check out the screenshots from Edwin to get an idea
of how far along Grendel is. It's quite spiffy.
The next step for us is to get the interface working flawlessly. This
means dialog boxes, handling errors, message displays, message bodies,
For the next week (and beyond):
- I'm finishing up UI elements.
- Multiple personality configuration.
- Signature selection.
- News configuration.
- Drag and drop things.
- Edwin is working the truly useful stuff.
- Getting news bulletproofed.
- Trying to figure out what the deal is with attachments.
Jeff's getting back from his trip to California so he'll be playing
catchup for a little while.
There are opportunities for non-coding types to get a better looking
signature icon than the currently existing one. Hint hint.
XPConnect is working on Linux x86 and passing all the same tests
it passes on Win32 - calling both directions, all supported param
types, in and out params. However, all interface methods are hard-coded
until the typelib-reading code is working.
Work has commenced on XPConnect error-handling and reflection of
XPCOM-related registry entries into JS, i.e. ProgIDs and services."