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Friday, December 4 2009

KompoZer Addons Mini How-To

There are two items in my long todo-list that I can’t address properly before KompoZer 0.8 is released:

I won’t be able to work on these items before January 2010, so here’s a very quick how-to for add-on developers. I’ll suppose you’re already familiar with Firefox add-on development, or that you can read the related documentation on MDC.

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Wednesday, November 18 2009

New locales for KompoZer 0.8b1

Two locales have just been added to KompoZer 0.8b1:

The corresponding binaries are already online. Freek, András: thanks for your contribution, you’ve done a great job!

Five Six other locales are almost complete (>95% according to Narro):

  • Simplified Chinese (only 10 strings left and I forgot it!!!)
  • Japanese (only 20 strings left)
  • Finnish
  • Brazilian
  • Slovenian
  • Turkish

If you want to contribute to these translations, please contact us on the #kompozer chan. We’ll provide technical help if needed.

Bonus: Cédric has just packed a few dictionaries for KompoZer 0.8: kompozer.sf.net/l10n/myspell.

The reason is, I’m working on KompoZer’s inline spellchecker at the moment — Thunderbird’s source code is a perfect example for that. Expect to get a fast and reliable spellchecker in the upcoming beta2!

Two French books about KompoZer

Two books about KompoZer have just been published in French:

Créez gratuitement votre site web avec KompoZer KompoZer — Apprenez, pratiquez, créez

The first one, “Créez gratuitement votre site web avec KompoZer” is the French translation of Kim Ludvigsen’s booklet, “Hjemmesider med KompoZer(“Create your website with KompoZer”). Kim is in charge of the KompoZer forum on MozillaDanmark, and he’s the Danish localizer of this project.

The second one is a more extensive book: “KompoZer : apprenez, pratiquez, créez(“KompoZer: learn, practice, create”) has been written by Jean-Marc Juin, Framasoft contributor, and has been reviewed by my friends Yves Mairesse and Alain Lorieux, moderators of the KompoZer forum on Geckozone.

I confess I haven’t read any of these two books — I only have a Danish copy of Kim’s booklet — but I’m happy to see them at the bookstore! :-D

If you’ve heard of other KompoZer books, please let me know.

Tuesday, November 17 2009

Deux livres sur KompoZer

C’était dans le tube depuis quelque temps, les deux livres consacrés à KompoZer arrivent quasiment en même temps dans les bacs.

Créez gratuitement votre site web avec KompoZer Le premier n’est pas à proprement parler une nouveauté : « Créez gratuitement votre site web avec KompoZer » est la traduction française du livret « Hjemmesider med KompoZer » de Kim Ludvigsen.

Kim est responsable du forum KompoZer sur MozillaDanmark, ansi que de la localisation de KompoZer dans cette langue. Son livret fait le tour des fonctionnalités de KompoZer tout en restant concis.

KompoZer — Apprenez, pratiquez, créez

Le second est un livre plus complet : « KompoZer : apprenez, pratiquez, créez » a été rédigé avec soin par Jean-Marc Juin, alias « Fun Sun » sur Framasoft.

Bonus : mes amis Yves Mairesse et Alain Lorieux, modérateurs du forum KompoZer sur Geckozone, ont participé à la relecture de ce livre. Le développement de KompoZer 0.8 ne m’a malheureusement pas permis d’y prendre part — mais ce n’est probablement pas plus mal pour le lecteur, Yves et Alain étant plus pédagogues que moi.

Je n’ai lu aucun de ces deux livres (je n’ai que l’exemplaire Danois du livret de Kim) mais j’avoue que ça fait classe de voir des livres traitant de KompoZer à la Fnac ! :-D

Si vous avez entendu parler d’autres livres sur KompoZer (dans d’autres langues), n’hésitez pas à me le faire savoir.

Mise à jour : MozillaZine-fr en parle mieux que moi.

Friday, November 13 2009

Download mirrors for KompoZer, anyone?

Since SourceForge.net has changed its File Release System, it's much easier to publish a bunch of binaries for each KompoZer release. Unfortunately, it's become pretty buggy and we’re getting more and more reports from users who couldn’t download files from there. Even worse: most of the negative reviews on SF.net are about the erratic download service.

I can't blame SF.net: they offer a free service and KompoZer couldn't have existed without SF.net in the first place. But now that the project is taking a good shape, we’d like to get a better download service, and it looks like it won’t be possible with SourceForge, unfortunately. So we’re thinking of hosting the binaries on our own mirrors.

According to the SF.net download stats, the required bandwidth is currently about 60 GB a day — and we expect it to be much more when the final 0.8 version is released.

SF download stats

Our hosting’s bandwidth is only 500GB/month and we can't afford to buy more. We’d need roughly another 1.5TB/month for the 6,000 daily downloads, and probably twice as much when the final 0.8 is released. The idea would be to have several mirrors, each offering 0.5TB/month or more.

Please drop me a comment if you can offer some bandwidth. Thanks!

Friday, November 6 2009

KompoZer 0.8 localized builds

For the 0.8 branch, Cédric Corazza (l10n lead) has decided to publish localized builds instead of just proposing cross-platform langpacks. Not as easy as it seemed… but the new “Download” page is ready.

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Tuesday, November 3 2009

Beware of scam sites

I was having a look at the referrals for kompozer.net and I found this page on TheFreeCountry.com. Among the list of free wysiwyg HTML editors, there’s this paragraph:

Nvu - Complete Web Authoring System

(Update: Nvu has been discontinued. Beware of scam sites pretending to be the Nvu website and asking for donations/support. The official site is gone, and there are no replacement sites. In the meantime, use KompoZer, which is just Nvu with some bug fixes and a new name.)

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Tuesday, October 27 2009


This year there’s been a lot of people representing the French-speaking Mozilla community at the JDLL in Lyon, France — 18 persons IIRC!

There were booth for XUL fr, FrenchMoz, Geckozone, FrenchBirds and for Mozilla Europe, Mozilla Women… as well as KompoZer, of course.

I’ve had the opportunity to give a talk on KompoZer 0.8, in front of more people than I expected for a relative small event. I could present the work I’ve been doing on KompoZer for the last twelve months and give a mini-roadmap about the future of this project.

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Monday, October 12 2009

KompoZer 0.8b1

KompoZer logo

Finally entering the beta stage. Few bug fixes, but I've implemented the last features I wanted for the 0.8 branch:

  • FTP support
  • syntax highlighting in split view
  • ability to edit text files
  • better PHP support on GNU/Linux
  • new SVG icon
  • new UUID

You can grab KompoZer 0.8b1 here:

Enjoy… and please report bugs! :-)

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Tuesday, October 6 2009

EU MozCamp 2009, Prague

I've been so glad to be at the European MozCamp in Prague. I could meet more Mozilla contributors, there's been a lot of interesting talks, and the Mozilla dinner on the Moldau was awesome. Boy, I love this community! :-)

Mozilla dinner on the Vltava

I gave a talk on KompoZer. Believe it or not, it was the very first time I had to make slides… you can see them here. As you can guess, I've used KompoZer to make them. ;-)

I've also had the opportunity to discuss the future of KompoZer with Mark Surman, Gervase Markham and Robert Kaiser. The specs for KompoZer 0.9 are now packed! More on that subject soon, hopefully.

The whole KompoZer team at the euMozCamp09

Many, many thanks to William, Irina and the whole Mozilla-Europe team for organizing this event. It's been a great time!

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