From:  Mark Aitchison <M.Aitchison@chch.plaNET.co.nz>
Date:  27 Oct 2009 06:28:28 Hong Kong Time
Newsgroup:  news.mozilla.org/netscape.public.mozilla.editor
Subject:  

Any current editor development? Is this group still valid??

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Not a lot of valid messages here recently, I see.  I am interested in the old Netscape 
editor (not sure if it is now part of some newer html editor project though).  Is there 
any life in the old thing?

I see (from a 2001?) webpage (http://www.mozilla.org/editor/):
"The newsgroup for discussing Mozilla editor issues is Netscape.public.Mozilla.editor, 
and members of the editor team regularly read and post to that newsgroup."

Is that still true?

FWIW: I have sometimes used the old editor for various reasons, usually when fancier 
packages that can product html output make hard-to-hand-edit html.  Since then I have 
thought of a way that an open-source html editor could be used with specific add-ons to 
make tools specifically designed for particular types of user. It would be possible to 
give someone (for example) creating an organisation's newsletter, or a company's product 
list, a tool that does that job faster than a general-purpose WYSIWYG editor, but also 
one that will be certain to produce html documents that conform to certain readability 
controls, and with optional add-ons that make, for example, the company's product list 
able to interface to a database.  Just as a developer of an add-on for a browser could 
produce something that many people could use, the people who make the zillions of 
low-cost (but valuable) pieces of web content could benefit from add-ons that address 
specific needs; things most people would not be likely to add to their small website 
themselves because of limited knowledge or time, yet would leap at the chance to get it 
from a simple editor add-on.  Of course, this need not be limited to html content, but 
that is where I would like to begin.  The concept of making tailored editors (using an 
amalgam of add-ons) for very specific users is quite a good idea, I think.

However, it does require the underlying open-source project to have some "critical mass" 
of support to get going, I think.  Hence my question to see if many people do still take 
an interest in this groups (and, by implication, the code).

Thanks,
Mark Aitchison, Christchurch, New Zealand.