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February 6, 2003

9:24 PM Hmmm.

I had started writing about this very idea, part of a larger document about my ideas for the Semantic Web and Weblogs and dealing with information and how to put them all together into something really useful.

I haven't had much chance to work on this stuff lately as I've been distracted by other things. In just over a week though the distractions should go away and I hope to put my ideas down in writing.

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February 2, 2003

6:12 PM Comments

I really didn't want to do this, but all the other Mozilla weblogs are doing it, so I added a place to add comments.

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January 30, 2003

11:33 PM Babies!

Today, pictures of co-worker's kids have been hung up around the office. And that is all I have to say today.

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January 29, 2003

11:48 PM XULPlanet Poll

What what you like to see on XULPlanet?

More Examples
XUL Forums
XUL Tip of the Week
Details about how to get trees to work with RDF
XUL development utilities
Pictures of Blake Ross naked

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January 25, 2003

9:44 PM The Amazing Rechromeifier

You've probably encountered sites that open up new windows without menu bars or toolbars and so on. With this little Mozilla trick, you can press Control+F5 to get your chrome back. Or, press Shift+Control+F5 to get back the chrome in all browser windows, which is useful if someone has disabled the keyboard in a window. First, add the following to userChrome.css in your profile's chrome directory:

tabbrowser {
  -moz-binding: url('file:///stuff/rechrome.xml#tabbrowser');
}

You may use a different path if you wish. Here, /stuff/rechrome.xml is used. Then add the following to that file:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<bindings id="rechromeBindings"
   xmlns="http://www.mozilla.org/xbl"
   xmlns:xul="http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul">
  <binding id="tabbrowser" extends="chrome://global/content/bindings/tabbrowser.xml#tabbrowser">
    <handlers>
      <handler event="keypress" keycode="VK_F5" modifiers="control">
        window.top.document.documentElement.setAttribute("chromehidden","");
      </handler>
      <handler event="keypress" keycode="VK_F5" modifiers="shift,control">
        var wm=Components.classes["@mozilla.org/appshell/window-mediator;1"].getService();
        wm=wm.QueryInterface(Components.interfaces.nsIWindowMediator);
        var wlist=wm.getEnumerator(null);
        while (wlist.hasMoreElements("navigator:browser")){
          var docelem=wlist.getNext().document.documentElement;
          if (docelem.hasAttribute("chromehidden"))
            docelem.removeAttribute("chromehidden");
        }
      </handler>
    </handlers>
  </binding>
</bindings>

Feel free to change the keys to something else. Not that this trick may require a fairly new version of Mozilla. Slight changes may be needed for older versions or for Phoenix.

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January 22, 2003

6:33 PM Interesting new feature

Put in UI to expose dynamic profile switching

Now that this is complete, this might be useful for some people doing development and testing.

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January 21, 2003

6:42 PM Customizable toolbars coming to Mozilla soon?

[We are concentrating] our efforts on porting the Phoenix [toolbar customization] over and adapting it - UI Spec [PDF]

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January 20, 2003

11:23 PM More documentation needed

There's been a few people lately interested on customizing and deploying Mozilla in a company. Looking at some of the comments, there certainly is a need for documentation and tools to help.

Back in the Netscape Communicator days, we used a collection of tools to handle building customized versions of Communciator. These handled building the preference files, the netscape.cfg file for locked preferences and branding, constructing the installer, code signing, and modifying the dial-up account creation process. Documentation was provided in the form of two 200-300 page manuals and a pile of on-line help. I spent 3 years working with these tools.

I'm not expecting Mozilla to be able to provide that level of help any time soon. But it would be nice to see some general documentation about how to distribute customized Mozillas (or customized Phoenixes). Administrators don't really want information that tells one to edit various files manually or write scripts. Simple instructions and simple tools to automatically deal with complex steps are necessary.

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