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maintained by Chris Nelson <>

Last Updated Sunday, Jun 20, 1999

This status update page is updated every weekend. To get updates and news throughout the week , I invite you to check out mozillaZine, a site I maintain devoted to Mozilla advocacy.

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Module Updates
June 18
Submitted by Phil Peterson<>

This week

  • Fixed 75 M7 bugs (15 by engrs in other groups)
  • Too much M7 feature slippage. Milestones doc to be updated soon.
  • Worked on Beta 1 plan
  • Search Messages dialog is in; started thinking about integrating Search Messages with Robert Churchill's RDF searching code.
  • New quoting code landed (sort of)
  • Work on filtering dialog and back end
  • Work on Undo Delete Messages and IMAP UIDPlus
  • IDL-ized MsgDB API
  • News Cancel and CANCELCHK work
  • Posting articles to any news host works
Next week
  • M8 feature work.
  • New tree widget to land with better performance (will it be enough?) and fewer style bugs.
  • Try to finalize multiple accounts design.
Footprint watch
  • A couple components grew 10-15k this week: address book, IMAP, compose. Expected?
  • MIME emitters combined into one DLL saved some space, but we spent it again lickety-split.
  • A reporting error (ahem) made Win32 builds look ~80k smaller than they really were. Fixed now.
  • Win32: 984k, Mac: 1749k (Removing Macsbug symbols would bring this down ~20%), Linux: 1961k (or so; data is a couple days old)
June 18
Submitted by Scott Furman <>

Scott writes:

"John Bandauer has been busily fixing XPConnect bugs in support of the M7 release.  There's still work to be done on implementing XPConnect features. The most important ones are:

  • Thread-safety
  • Predictable, enforced data  conversion rules for passing values between JS and native code
  • 'Flattening' of multiple interfaces supported by a component
  • Thread-local JavaScript context tracking to ensure that cross-window JS calls are run in the proper JSContext execution environment
John is also trying to generate interest in reviving the JavaScript debugger project.  It was once a Netscape commercial project and used a Java-based UI, but later got the axe when we fell upon lean times.  The code lives in the land of open source now, but has been very quiet. Since JavaScript has become crucial to the operation of the Mozilla browser application (in addition to its old role of HTML scriptability), there is clearly an urgent need for debugging tools.  As a gesture of good will and an attention grabber John has unilaterally released the first patch to the 1.1 debugger (for Navigator 4.x) since it shipped in December '98.

In other news, the JavaScript talk that our very own Norris Boyd gave at the JavaOne about Rhino, proved to be very popular.  By some estimates, there were more than a thousand attendees."

June 18
Submitted by Akkana Peck <>

Our Editor module update is from Akkana Peck:

Our cool feature of the week is session logging. With logging turned on, all editor transactions can be recorded to a file, and can be played back later to reproduce bugs or create smoke tests. Documentation is in the works and should be available soon on the editor page,

We also implemented a number of the new dialogs and features, including hrule, increase/decrease alignment, make list.

We've started to write the editing rule code, and documentation is in the works to describe how to write different sets of editing rules for those who don't like the default rules. Much discussion has taken place in the newsgroup regarding what the default rules should be, and the discussion is still going on.

The editor is now used as the GFX-rendered text control. You can try using the gfx widgets by setting the preference user_pref("nglayout.widget.mode", 2); Gfx-rendered widgets are still experimental, so caveat emptor.

We also fixed lots of crashes and other editor bugs for M7.

Some of our plans for M8:

  • More work on the gfx-rendered text control, including autocomplete and password control
  • More dialogs: Insert Target, tables, fonts, link properties, advanced image properties
  • Real key bindings (replacing the hardwired temporary hacks in nsEditorEventListeners.cpp
  • Work on applying style sheets
  • Convert HTML to prettyprinted ascii
  • Unicode copy/paste
  • More work on InsertHTML
  • Some drag&drop work (dependant on xpfe progress)
  • Up/down arrow This is pretty ambitious -- we're still looking at the schedule to see if we can really get all this done in one milestone.
June 20
Submitted by Peter Trudelle <>


  • Completed nearly all planned M7 tasks & fixed remaining bugs.
  • Had to slip sizing of dialog windows according  to content to early M8.
  • One appcore (RDFCore) left to convert to component.  Decided to wait to check them all in until early M8 due to risk of their landing so late in M7.
  • Didn't complete quite as much of the Linux drag tasks as planned for M7, but nobody should be affected by this. We should be able to catch up in M8, with Pavlov's help on Linux.
  • Didn't get around to doing the low-hanging fruit on tree performance.
  1. Resolved 31 bugs in the last week, see our  Bug List  for details.
  2. Removed toolbar appcore. (pinkerton)
  3. Got tooltips infrastructure working, more or less. (pinkerton)
  4. Converted PrefsCore, SignonCore, and EditorAppCore to components. (scc)
  5. Came up with LXR search string that helps us find a fairly nasty family of leaks.  See the news posting  or the related bug which generated a great deal of leak-plugging activity. (scc)
  6. Did the above in conjunction with helping waterson when he discovered leaks of this form in his own code. Disseminated knowledge about this kind of leak (and how to fix it) to the net in the news post <news://> (scc)
  7. Modified tree frame construction code, so far have cut the loading of 1000 mail messages from 50 seconds down to 21. (hyatt)
  8. Modified the RDF builder code to handle the new tree frame construction syntax. (hyatt)
  9. Used the anonymous node setup from evaughan to enable tree bodies to anonymously create scrollbars (which in turn anonymously create their subcontent). (hyatt)
  10. Have the scrollbar placed within the tree body. (hyatt)
  11. Finished hooking up CSS style notifications for drag-over. (rods)
  12. Landed XPBeep(), with minimal functionality but providing for future expansion to play sound files. (sdagley)
  13. Turned drag & drop on by default (all platforms) by eliminating the NEW_DRAG_AND_DROP ifdef. (mcafee)
  1. Handle effects of Necko landing (hyatt, mcafee, danm)
  2. Tooltips (pinkerton)
  3. Embedding architecture for tooltips/context menus. (pinkerton)
  4. MacHack next week (gone wed-fri in Michigan). XPToolkit folks will give presentations on overview of mozilla and how to start developing on macMozilla (pinkerton), building applications with Gecko and XUL (saari),
  5. Continue to work on tree performance.  Finish getting the scrollbar hooked up and then start working on lazy frame instantiation. (hyatt)
  6. RDFCore (scc).
  7. Finished hooking up CSS style notifications for drag-over
  8. ToolbarItem work and initial ToolbarItem D&D work. (rods)
  9. Content area specification (danm).
  10. Get PR_LOG running on Mac. (sdagley)
  11. Make incoming drags generate proper Gecko drag events. (mcafee)
  • Held discussions about an embedding API for Gecko for tooltips and context menus.  Decided that, instead of them implementing these things within Gecko (which would make things really hard for us), we'll work out an API which we can implement in terms of XUL. (pinkerton, hyatt, joki)
  • General tree horkage sucking too much time.
  • Sdagley, pinkerton, saari  will be at MacHack 6/23-6/27.

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