Mozilla

The Open Source version of the Netscape Navigator browser.

Or, a Rich Client development platform (the OReilly book is free online now). There's a list of Moz Dev projects for inspiration

Some Python/Moz links:

XmlRpc support via JavaScript - http://www.mozilla.org/projects/xmlrpc/


ancient notes yes I used Mozilla for quite awhile, eventually sliding to FireFox/ThunderBird.

Considering it as an EMail/PIM client, while I don't have to use MsOutlook to connect to an MsExchange server.

Mozilla Mail Architecture: http://www.mozilla.org/mailnews/arch/index.html

Mail/news intro http://www.mozilla.org/mailnews/intro.html

Mail and RDF: Mozilla Mail exposes many of it's data structures to RDF through a few datasources. This allows exposure of mailnews-specific data to user interface using RDF Templates. This seems to include mail messages, though I'm not clear on whether it includes the body of a message or only its metadata. Datasource names/interfaces are listed. http://www.mozilla.org/mailnews/arch/rdf.html

2001 Proposal for Modifying Mozilla Address Book Code: This document explains the process underway to modify the existing code of the Mozilla address book to enable support many types of address book. Currently the address book implementation only supports one type of address book which utilizes the Mork database infrastructure for storage of address book data. http://www.mozilla.org/directory/addrbook-refactoring-proposal.html

  • Dave McCusker wrote MorkDb a long time ago. Mork was for address books and mail-news summary files. I think Chris Waterson also used Mork for the history files. The content model is general enough to encode about anything. Nearly everything is representable as objects with attributes.

Feb2004: working with Email Encryption


General RDF info

Example goal: build a Wiki or other Knowledge Management app using RDF, but be able to read/write People/Contacts records in the Mozilla address book. Why? (a) to get a decent GUI app without any work, and (b) be able to Data Synch contacts to a PDA.

Another example goal: increase the Intertwingularity of reading mail in Mozilla (make it kinda like Zoe).

Central nav page

FAQ (Mar'02) includes some info on interfaces to datasources. (B Ut it's not clear whether these interfaces are supported by anything other than JavaScript and XUL.)

Back-end architecture (Jul'01) includes a fuller description of the model, and example code for the interfaces.

Datasource how-to (Jun'00) is a cookbook that describes how to create a native, client-side datasource that works with Mozilla's RDF implementation. See 'Implement the interface yourself.' If you choose this route, you'll need to implement each of the nsIRDFDataStore methods "by hand". Although this is more work, it is really the only way to create a "live" datasource that may be changed by some outside agent.

Am I going to need PyXPCOM?

Jan'04: bunch of Moz/RDF links from Neil Deakin

going to play with the Scribe plugin for saving form edits locally


I am working on Intertwingualrity for bookmarks and history with an interest in doing it for Mail. (I estimated 2 full weeks of work to build Zoe in Mozilla) -AndyEdmonds

  • Andy said via email that his code is JavaScript: I used innerHTML for the first pass and am rewriting it with cloneNode.

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