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maintained by Chris Nelson <>

Last Updated Sunday, July 18, 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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Friends of the Tree

Duncan Wilcox and Pete Collins who provided BeOS and FreeBSD M8 packages, plus everyone with a bugzilla account. Bugzilla has now passed 10K bug reports. A little over a third were reported by people outside of netscape. - Dawn Endico

Also, check this week's Javascript and XPConnect for many other friends of the tree!

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July 16
Submitted by Troy Chevalier <>

Trow writes,

"Mostly we're just fixing bugs. The only interesting thing to note is that we're now starting to doing better painting in response to an incremental reflow command. Previously we repainted the entire window (the slow but fool proof method), and now we try and oly paint what actually changed"

July 16
Submitted by David Bienvenu <>

This week

  • Implemented rudimentary compose window address completion
  • Checked in Mork incremental writing and memory footprint reduction code
  • Side bar with folder pane is in 3-pane Mail UI
  • Twisties in folder pane
  • Improved message threading, and total+unread thread msg counts
  • POP3 and SMTP test apps, as well as mailbox parsing working under Necko
  • Msg Copy Service 80% done
  • 4.5 Mail Preferences auto-upgraded to 5.0
  • Mail Filter backend turned on.
  • Drafts and Template backend checked in.

but most importantly, Engineers: 1 QA: 0

Some more news about the work on the addressbook:

We now have a useful address book to use in Seamonkey. The code has been checked in this afternoon so it will show up in release builds starting tomorrow.

The address book windows are:

Address Book window
Main window for editing and viewing address books. There are three panes, the left has the list of address books (later LDAP will appear here), the top has the entries contained in the selected address book, and the bottom shows the new Card View which shows all the data for an entry at one time.

Select Addresses dialog
The dialog that appears when the Address button is pressed in the mail compose window. This dialog is similar to the Address Book window but the Card View pane is replaced by an address bucket that shows the addresses for the compose window that created it.

New Card dialog
Used for adding a card to the address book. Can be brought up from Address Book window and Select Addresses dialog. Looks bad on the Mac, a bug has been filed about the html:inputs showing through on all tabs.

Edit Card dialog
Similar to the New Card dialog, but used for editing a card. Can be brought up from Address Book window and Select Addresses dialog.

You may now enter data into your Personal Address Book. The data is saved to the abook.mab file on your disk. The Address Book window and Select Addresses dialog may be used to populate the address fields of the compose mail window.

Seth and Scott have added a feature to the compose mail window that allows for a simple form of autocomplete to work in the address fields. Just type in part of a name from your Personal Address Book and hit return, the first name that matches (and its corresponding email address) will replace the text you have typed in.

Some of the menu items and buttons that were not working in previous builds are now operational.

July 16
Submitted by Mike McCabe <>

Mike McCabe has our Javascript update:

"JavaScript -

Thanks go to Martin Honnen for finding a place where the JavaScript engine differed from the ECMA-262 spec, ignoring negative day arguments to the Date constructor. Martin has also submitted several other great bug reports recently; he seems to be exercising many aspects of the JavaScript language.

Stefan Hanske has submitted a patch to fix endian problems on the ARM.

Roger Lawrence has begun work on reflecting JavaScript runtime errors as catchable exceptions. This should make it much easier to write robust JavaScript programs in the future. No more onError()!

Brendan Eich fixed a bug with for .. in loops, uncovering a rather fine point about them. Brendan also fixed the (incredibly cool) lambda-replace feature of String.prototype.replace. It's nice to see Brendan back in his old territory, if only for a while."

July 16
Submitted by Mike McCabe <> and John Bandauer <>

Mike McCabe has our XPConnect update, with news from John Bandhauer as well:

"Patrick Beard has just figured out how to build the compiler as part of the build process on the Macintosh, just as the Unix and Windows builds do. This now means that we'll be able to make changes in the way xpidl creates C++ interfaces without having to call a special carpool while we manually build xpidl on the Mac, and more importantly that the Mac will soon be one degree less special. Always a plus for cross-platform development.

John Bandhauer has checked in the xptcall changes mentioned in last week's status. They represent such a variety of contributions from the developer community that they bear mentioning again:

  1. OpenVMS from Colin R Blake
  2. Irix from Jason Heirtzler
  3. Linux Alpha from Glen Nakamura
  4. NT Alpha from bob meader
  5. x86 'this' adjust code for old or new style from Duncan Wilcox
  6. vtbl layout test from Bert Driehuis
  7. Linux ARM code from Stefan Hanske is on its way into the tree.

The HP port of xptcall is still open for implementation. Any takers?

John is also looking at improving the reflection of XPCOM error conditions as catchable JavaScript exceptions, as well as making developer's lives easier by providing associated file location and stack information.

Mike Ang has been running libxpt and xpidl under Purify. Sure enough, he's found leaks and memory access violations of all varieties. Finding and fixing these will be a big help for reliability."

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