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O'Reilly Network: Extending the Mozilla Editor

Jul 01, 2000, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian King)

"As browser vendors have added proprietary tags to their spec in order to extend their capabilities, web page designers have been caught in the middle of these browser wars. HTML editing tools had to ultimately address this issue. Another cause of concern was the corruption of existing markup when opened in editing applications. Users found that finely tuned markup was mangled, sometimes beyond recognition, when opened in another editor. The Mozilla Editor seeks to address both of these issues."

"The Editor module has been completely rewritten, along with the rest of the Mozilla code base. For example, there's better table editing. You can select elements using Ctrl/Cmd/Shift keys and using the mouse click-and-drag combination. Once selected, you can easily add text formatting or background color (from a menu or toolbar color picker) and perform other operations."

"The Editor outputs HTML 4.0 standard markup, except in the circumstance where the authors define their own tags. It's still tolerant of nonvalid markup, yet tries to "do the right thing" when possible. ... The Mozilla Editor is currently a tool for creating noncomplex, content-heavy web documents. It's also useful for playing directly with markup because of the new "HTML Source" mode. The tables support is excellent, as I touched upon earlier. But I would not, for example, use it for a forms-heavy site."

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