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March 9, 2003

2:16 PM On superpowers

When people think of what superpower they would want, most people respond with ordinary superpowers like flying or invisibility or X-ray vision. Unless you plan on putting on a costume and saving the world from evil, many of the common superpowers are really only useful for causing a lot of mischief.

I mean, being able to walk around invisible doesn't have a lot of practical legal uses. Nor does X-ray vison. Nor a heat ray. At least, not unless you plan on having a lot of barbecues.

The kinds of abilities you do want are the ones that aren't as cool, but are more useful. Like being able to deflate your legs to fit into an airplane seat. Or being able to clean something with the wave of a hand.

I think if I had a superpower, I'd want the ability to save. That way, if I have a big decision to make, I can just quickly save, and later if I realize I didn't like the outcome, I can just reload and try again.

Didn't like the chicken? No problem. Just reload and have the soup instead. Fell down the stairs and broke your leg? Again, no big issue. Just reload and take the elevator.

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March 7, 2003

11:03 AM Minor Update

I made some changes to the XULPlanet.com stylesheet so it works better in IE, although there are still some issues with tutorial pages that have wider examples. It should be OK if you widen or maximize your browser window. The pages should also work in Mozilla (naturally), Netscape 6/7 and Opera.

Even though most people visiting XULPlanet are using Mozilla or Mozilla-based browsers, many first-time visitors come to learn more about XUL because they are interested in the technology and don't want to commit themselves yet. So, there is a need to handle other browsers also. This is why mozilla.org uses a very simple layout. Part of the goal of their site is to help existing developers and help new people who have just discovered Mozilla but are using a different browser.

One thing I have noticed though is that it is easier to support browsers which support standards well or browsers that don't support them at all. Anything in-between is harder to deal with. A properly structured document seems to render in a readable fashion better in Mozilla, Opera, Netscape 3/4 and text browsers than it does in IE.

Oh well.

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March 6, 2003

7:48 PM Mozilla Staff...

You should all know who Dave Hyatt is. He's a key Safari developer who has a weblog hosted by a Mozilla News and Advocacy site.

What's interesting is that he is now a Mozilla.org Staff Associate Member. I'm not sure when that happened, but I don't recall seeing his name on the list before. No description of what his role is though. <Insert unfounded Apple-related speculation here>.

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March 3, 2003

9:31 PM Introducing Xabyl - a Visual XBL Editor

I've spent the last little while working on an XBL editor which I've called Xabyl, which hopefully avoids any naming issues Phoenix and Chimera have been having.

I haven't decided where to put it yet. I may stick it on mozdev.org or I may suggest adding it as part of XUL Maker The latter might be good, but XBL can be used outside of XUL as well.

Anyway, I've put it up on XULPlanet for now so people can play with it.

Next task: more XUL examples.

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March 2, 2003

12:38 AM Mozilla Troll Poll

Who annoys you the most?

andkon
Bruce
Jenny Craig
JTK
mangelo

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February 28, 2003

4:16 PM OK

If you're going to cut and paste this illegally, at least give us a credit. - Cornerstone Word Company

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9:58 AM True...

XUL and JS are the best development platform ever in a browser environment. - Daniel Glazman

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February 27, 2003

4:45 PM How odd

Mysterious <blink> tag detected on W3C Style page (under the heading 'What are style sheets?')

Why not at least use text-decoration: blink, I wonder?

Detected while searching for proposed CSS3 specifications, which I can't seem to find links to any more.

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