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How RSS could be improved in Firefox Sep. 26th, 2004 @ 11:13 pm
I am a big user of RSS feeds. When I first read that RSS should be part of Firefox I was hoping for something more. I have been a very happy user of the RSS Reader Panel by Flyson from Japan. The project is now under development by a new team and is now called Sage. They have improved the already great extension in many ways and I expect some nice changes in the future.

I think the Firefox team could learn something about how RSS should be integrated in the browser. Using the Sidebar for RSS is a pretty good idea if you ask me. I read the headlines in the left side of the screen and see the content of on the right side. One of the big thing the current RSS solution in Firefox misses is an unobtrusive way to tell the user that there is new content in some of the feeds they have subscribed to.

The idea of clicking at something in the status bar to get a Live Bookmarkis works ok ( still not perfect). But there are also many sites with a RSS feed that don't give an icon in the status bar. One of the sites I use is The Inquirer They have a orange RSS button on their site. If you click on it you get some scrambled text. How on earth do you expect that normal visitors should know what to do next? It more looks like Firefox has made an error with the feed.

Update The Inquirer has now added a Live Bookmark for their site. Read more here

Erik Arvidsson, a new developer on the Sage team has some thoughts how RSS could be improved in Firefox. You can take a look at it here: Erik's weblog site views counter

Can somebody fix this bookmarks bug? Aug. 1st, 2004 @ 11:56 am
I have organized the bookmarks I use often in a subfolder of my personal toolbar. This is a very nice way to have fast acces to them. There is one problem though: When I hover the mouse over any of the bookmarks in a subfolder of my personal toolbar I can't see the URL of the bookmark in the statusbar.

Mozilla Firefox is currently using tooltips to show the URL of bookmarks in the personal toolbar. ( there is not shown anything in the statusbar)
If you hover your mouse over your bookmarks in the sidebar, nothing happens. ( bug 239429 )
If you go to your regular bookmarks the URL of the bookmark appears in the statusbar.

I suggest that the bookmarks sidebar, the personal toolbar and any subfolders of the personal toolbar use the same concept of showing the URL in the statusbar. They should treat bookmarks the same way as regular bookmarks are treated.

The bug for the personal toolbar is bug 213163 and it's currently blocking the Firefox 1.0 release. Somebody should take a look at it. site views

Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Release Plan Jul. 6th, 2004 @ 05:43 pm
Ben Goodger has been updating the release plan for the Firefox 1.0 release.

He says that Mozilla Firefox 1.0 is targeted for a release on the 14th September. But those who have been following the Firefox milestone releases know what target means. It usually means + few more weeks... But I guess it's ok as long as 1.0 will be the best Firefox ever produced. You can read more about the release plan here

But I wonder what happened with the Firefox 0.9 milestone. Here they released a milestone with a buggy Extension and Theme manager. There where testers out there who pointed to problems and there were also filed bug reports to bugzilla. But Mozilla.org ignored this chose to release a somewhat buggy 0.9 release and then fix the problems a few weeks later with 0.9.1

I have heard some say it was to move faster to the 1.0 release. But I don't get it: They have to fix the bugs for the extension and theme manager anyway so why not use some more time on the 0.9 milestone. Then they wouldn't have to spend time for the 0.9.1 release...

Perhaps the developers have a big master plan that my little mind doesn't understand.

Solving problem with "critical updates available" in Mozilla Firefox 0.9.1 [tip 34] Jul. 5th, 2004 @ 01:30 am
If you have upgraded to Mozilla Firefox 0.9.1 you might have noticed a little icon in the status bar alarming you about some critical updates that are available. The only problem is that it is reporting that there is a upgrade called Mozilla Firefox 0.9.1 which you already have installed...

I have found a solution to the problem for those users who still have that irritating thing sitting in the status bar.

1. Type about:config in the address bar [enter].
2. Make a filter for update.app
3. Right click and reset each of the entries that are bold back to the defaults (update.app.AppDescription, update.app.updateURL, update.app.Version, and
4. Restart Mozilla Firefox

OSnews reviews Mozilla Firefox Jul. 1st, 2004 @ 09:46 pm
Martín Marconcini who uses Opera as his primary browser has been testing Firefox for one week. You can read his impressions of the Firefox browser here

Mozilla Firefox 0.9 is out [tip 33] Jun. 15th, 2004 @ 02:24 pm
Another milestone on the road to Phoenix ( Mozilla Firefox 1.0 ) is out.

Here is my summary what you can expect from the 0.9 release.

1. Extension / Theme manager that allows easy updating and removal of themes / extensions

2. New default theme. ( look in my entry from the 6th June for a screenshot)

3. Wizard to import preferences from other browsers (IE, Netscape Opera) This way you can easily copy bookmarks, cookies, passwords and other preferences in Firefox 0.9.

4. A somewhat faster browser and the download size has been lowered to 4,7 MB

5. Several other small fixes and enchantments

You can find download links on the front page of http://mozilla.org I advise to read the release notes before you install Firefox 0.9

You must first uninstall Firefox 0.8 before you install Firefox 0.9. Don't worry all your settings and bookmarks will be transferred to your new Firefox. The extensions and themes from Firefox 0.8 will be "dead" in Firefox 0.9, so you will have to find new updated extensions for 0.9. EDIT: Try look at this new website: http://update.mozilla.org for downloadding themes and extensions.

If you are very dependant on a certain extension it might be best to keep Firefox 0.8 and wait for the extension author to update his extension.

If there are any problems you can seek help in the Mozillazine forums

Good luck with Mozilla Firefox 0.9

Mozilla Firefox 0.9 will be out today Jun. 15th, 2004 @ 12:10 am
Mozilla Firefox 0.9 will also be out today. Looks like Mozilla.org is trying to stress their servers as much as possible :-)

In the waiting time for the release I recommend the following sites:

Release Notes for Mozilla Firefox 0.9
Jesse Ruderman's Bigger Picture (what's new in Firefox 0.9)
Neil Turner's Tour for Firefox 0.9

Mozilla Suite 1.7 out tomorrow Jun. 14th, 2004 @ 04:22 pm
Mozilla Suite 1.7 should be out tomorrow at mid-day (pacific time). That is about 9 o'clock in the evening for Western Europe. I have not seen the final release notes but you can take a look at the notes for the third release candidate ( there should not be any differences between the RC3 and the final 1.7)

Here is a source for the release tomorrow. You can also see the Release Status page for Mozilla Suite 1.7

I'm not that big fan of the suite, I'm more a firefox guy :-) But the suite is nice for people who want browser, mail client, tools for creating websites and an IRC client all in one suite. So if you only have tried the Firefox you could take a look at the suite.

About tip 31 and tip 32 Jun. 8th, 2004 @ 01:29 am
I have now in a few days worked with the extension I mentioned in tip 32. At first it seemed like a really good extension but there is a problem. If you click on a link in your mail program it will open up a new tab. But it will not focus on the new tab (it's opened in the background) so you have to move your mouse to the tab and click on it. It would be better it the tab opened up in the foreground.

I asked Aaron if it would be possible to open up the external link in foreground but he did not know how to do it. The only fix to the problem was to go Tools -> Options -> Advanced and then remove the checkmark from "Open links in the background" under the browsing category. But in my everyday browsing I need to open them in the background so that is really not an option for me.

I am now using the preference I mentioned in tip 31 where I let external links open in a new window. Actually this is pretty good way to handle external links in Mozilla Firefox. But I think I still would prefer to let external links open up as a tab in the foreground ( without removing the "open links in the background" ). If any of you know the solution how to do this, you can write the solution to this thread on Mozillazine or directly to Aaron Spuler http://www.mozthemes.tk

Teaser for new default theme Jun. 6th, 2004 @ 06:30 pm
Winstripe theme (taken from http://kmgerich.com )

It will already be introduced in Mozilla Firefox 0.9 but the theme is not yet finished so it will get some more polish before Firefox 1.0 .

Personally I like the Qute theme but the new Winstripe theme also looks nice :-)
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