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Entries for 2006

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/12/15

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending December 15, 2006. As with last week, the report is very short because most of my time was taken up with internal matters. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/12/08

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending December 8, 2006. The report is somewhat skimpy because most of my time was taken up with internal matters with the board and related items. ...

Firefox as a socially responsible product

One of the more interesting magazines I read regularly is the Stanford Social Innovation Review, dedicated to (in their words) "strategies, tools, and ideas for nonprofits, foundations, and social responsible businesses". The Fall 2006 issue of SSIR had an article "The Other CSR" (also available in PDF format with the original figures) that I found quite relevant to Firefox and the work of the Mozilla project in general, and I thought it was worth discussing its key ideas and their implications. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/12/01

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending December 1, 2006. This was another short week due to taking three days off for vacation. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/11/24

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending November 24, 2006. This was a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/11/17

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending November 17, 2006. Most of my time this week was spent at the Firefox summit and traveling back and forth to the meeting. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/11/10

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending November 10, 2006. ...

Adobe, Mozilla, and Tamarin

By now the press release has gone out announcing Adobe's contribution to the Mozilla project of open source code for their ActionScript Virtual Machine (AVM2), and Brendan has blogged about it. I'm not directly involved with the project itself but have spent a few days reviewing press materials and doing press interviews, so I've had a chance to think about the significance of this announcement and what it means for the Mozilla project and for the web at large. Here are some of my thoughts. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/11/03

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending November 3, 2006. Note that a lot of the stuff I did this week was for a project not yet ready for announcement, hence the skimpiness of this report. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/10/27

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending October 27, 2006. This was a partial week for me as I had to deal with various home and family issues. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/10/20

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending October 20, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/10/13

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending October 13, 2006. ...

Welcome Eudora developers!

By now many if not most of you reading this will have seen the news about the next version of Eudora being open source and based on Thunderbird's technology. You may also seen some of the analysis of the announcement.

I thought about writing up some analysis of my own, but rather than listen to me I think it's better to let the Eudora developers speak for themselves. For my own part I'll simply say that that's it's great to have the Eudora developers join the Mozilla community and the world of open source (in particular, I'm glad to see more developers with deep experience in the email space join the project), and I wish them the best of luck as they develop the next Eudora release.

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/10/06

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending October 6, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/09/29

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending September 29, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/09/22

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending September 22, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/09/15

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending September 15, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/09/08

I was on vacation for the week ending September 8, 2006, so there was very little to report; see my status report for the week ending September 15, 2006.

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/09/01

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending September 1, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/08/25

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending August 25, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/08/18

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending August 18, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/08/11

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending August 11, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/08/04

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending August 4, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/07/28

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending July 28, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/07/21

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending July 21, 2006. Note that I was out of the office on vacation for most of the week. ...

Extensionless URIs for Blosxom entries

This post introduces the Blosxom plugin "extensionless". Ever since reading the essay "Cool URIs don't change" I've wanted to change my web site to conform to some of its recommendations, including the recommendation to omit file extensions (e.g., ".html") on URIs. Unfortunately standard Blosxom requires that a file extension be present in a URI for an individual entry (e.g., http://www.example.com/foo.html) to distinguish it from a URI for a category (e.g., http://www.example.com/foo). How to fix this? ...

Usage guidelines for the feed icon

Earlier I posted about a proposed Mozilla Foundation approach to promoting use of the "feed icon" (also known as the "RSS icon"):

28 by 28 pixel web feeds icon 14 by
14 pixel web feed icon

As part of that approach I proposed having the Foundation (or some other organization) publish a set of usage guidelines for the feed icon as used in association with open web syndication formats such as RSS and Atom. This document contains a first draft of such proposed guidelines the (hopefully final) draft of the guidelines. ...

Frequently asked questions about the feed icon usage guidelines

This FAQ attempts to answer a variety of questions that might be asked about the usage guidelines that we've proposed for the "feed icon" (also known as the "RSS icon") that the Mozilla Foundation is promoting for use in association with open web syndication formats such as RSS and Atom. ...

The feedback plugin, an alternative to writeback

When I originally put up my blog one of the major things lacking was support for comments and TrackBacks. After looking at the various alternatives (the writeback plugin, the writebackplus plugin, and so on) I decided to embark on a complete rewrite of the writeback plugin in order to support my particular requirements for a comments system. After much struggle I created an initial version of my feedback plugin for publication and use on my site; since that time I've upgraded the plugin and incorporated bug fixes suggested by various people. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/07/14

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending July 14, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/07/07

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending July 7, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation grants

In past blog posts I've mentioned Mozilla Foundation grants that we've made for various purposes; in this post I go into more detail about what kind of grants we're making, why we're making them, and how you can be a part of it all. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/06/30

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending June 30, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/06/23

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending June 23, 2006. ...

Handling disagreements

Mitchell Baker has recently been posting an interesting series of articles on a variety of topics related to governance of open source projects; there are almost too many to list, but see in particular her thoughts on the "community" and decision-making, and leadership vs. coordination. Chris Messina followed up with some thoughts and questions about the future of open leadership, and in particular made the point that

Without strong leadership, you're liable to end up with a neverending succession of teapot tempests without accomplishing anything productive.

That particular comment struck a chord with me, and prompted me to retrieve from my files and prepare for publication some past thoughts of mine on the particular topic of handling disagreements in open collaborative projects.

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/06/16

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the weeks ending May 26, June 2, June 9, and June 16, 2006. I should be back on my regular weekly update schedule next week. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/06/09

I got behind in doing the weekly Mozilla Foundation activity reports (for which I apologize); see the report for the week ending June 16, 2006 for activities during this week and the others I skipped.

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/06/02

I got behind in doing the weekly Mozilla Foundation activity reports (for which I apologize); see the report for the week ending June 16, 2006 for activities during this week and the others I skipped.

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/05/26

I got behind in doing the weekly Mozilla Foundation activity reports (for which I apologize); see the report for the week ending June 16, 2006 for activities during this week and the others I skipped.

More on the feed icon

Now that I've posted the feed icon usage guidelines and the accompanying FAQ and gotten some comments on the guidelines and other feed icon issues, I wanted to do a follow-up post. Here it is. ...

The feed icon as a "community mark"

Mitchell Baker recently posted two articles about the use of the "feed icon" (also known as the "RSS icon") originally created for use with Firefox and how best to promote universal use of the icon for use with RSS, Atom and other open web syndication formats. In this post I discuss how the Mozilla Foundation proposes to approach this issue. ...

Making choice and innovation accessible to all

I previously blogged about the Mozilla Foundation and the CSUN conference on information technology and persons with disabilities. As noted in the post the Mozilla project and Firefox are really gaining traction with people concerned about web accessibility, thanks to the hard work of people like Aaron Leventhal. Inspired by Aaron's recent interview in the online publication Voice of the Nation's Blind, I want to take a broader view and present my thoughts on why accessibility is important for the Mozilla project, the role that Mozilla and Firefox might play in the world of assistive technology (AT) as it evolves, and what the Mozilla Foundation might do to help this process along. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/05/19

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending May 19, 2006. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/05/12

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending May 12, 2006. This week I worked on a number of different projects, with no major theme standing out. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/05/05

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending May 5, 2006. This week I worked on a number of different projects, with no major theme standing out. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/04/28

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending April 28, 2006. This week I worked on a number of different projects, with no major theme standing out. ...

Aaron Leventhal interview on Mozilla and web accessibility

I previously blogged about the Mozilla Foundation and the CSUN conference on information technology and persons with disabilities. As noted in the post, the Mozilla project and Firefox are really gaining traction with people concerned about web accessibility, thanks to the hard work of people like Aaron Leventhal. If you're interested in this topic (and I think we all should be) then be sure to check out Aaron's recent interview in the online publication Voice of the Nation's Blind. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/04/21

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending April 21, 2006. The major news for this week is that we're continuing to fund work to support improved accessibility of Firefox and other Mozilla-based products. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/04/14

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending April 14, 2006. The major news for this week is the mozdev.org grant. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/04/07

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending April 7, 2006. A lot of what went on last week won't be announced until subsequent weeks; of the other stuff the most notable activities related to the Mozilla Foundation web site and a PKI conference I attended. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/03/31

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending March 31, 2006. Besides the usual internal administrivia and related matters, the big activities for the week related to the Mozilla relicensing project, the National Federation of the Blind, and the OpenBSD project. ...

CSUN 2006 conference report

Last week on behalf of the Mozilla Foundation I attended the California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities' 21st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, better known to all and sundry as the CSUN 2006 conference or just plain "CSUN". The CSUN conference is the premier conference for people interested in the topic of software accessibility and "assistive technologies" in general. This was the first year that the Mozilla project had a formal presence at the conference, and it turned out to be a "coming out party" for the Mozilla project's accessibility activities in general and for accessibility support in Firefox in particular. This post provides an in-depth report on our CSUN experience. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/03/24

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending March 24, 2006. Besides the usual internal administrivia and related matters, the big activity for the week was the CSUN conference. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/03/17

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending March 17, 2006. Much of the activity this week was related to internal administrivia and related matters; other than preparing for the CSUN conference, significant topics were Mozilla project governance and discussions with CAs. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/03/10

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending March 10, 2006 (almost caught up now!). Significant topics for the week included the Mozilla Foundation board meeting and a post mortem on Mozilla projects done as part of Google's "Summer of Code". ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/03/03

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending March 3, 2006 (still catching up). Significant topics for the week included FOSDEM, CSUN, and an interesting possible new project to record Mozilla and Firefox history. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/02/24

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending February 24, 2006. (I'm still catching up after a delay.) Significant topics for the week included FOSDEM, CSUN, and relicensing. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/02/17

This is my report on activities of the Mozilla Foundation for the week ending February 17, 2006. (My apologies, I got behind on posting these.) Significant topics for the week included FOSDEM, "intellectual property", and press releases. ...

Mozilla Foundation activities, week ending 2006/02/10

This is the first in a series of reports describing activities of the Mozilla Foundation; I hope to be able to post these weekly as I have time. These reports are revised versions of the reports that I prepare for the Foundation board, and are intended to supplement other blog postings that I, Gerv Markham, or Zak Greant might make about Mozilla-related activities. ...

Looking for contributors in the open source world

Chris Blizzard recently posted an interesting article "open source is a side effect" in which he discussed the problem of encouraging the growth of open source developer communities in India, and by implication in other countries outside the so-called "developed" world. This is a subject of interest to me in my Mozilla Foundation role, because I think one of the Foundation's goals should be to help grow the Mozilla community, especially in countries where there aren't currently a lot of Mozilla contributors. In general I think Chris comments are spot on, but I wanted to add a few comments of my own. ...

Starting full-time at the Mozilla Foundation

Back in August 2005, when the Mozilla Corporation was created, I began working for the Mozilla Foundation in a part-time capacity. I'm pleased to note that today is my first day working full-time for the Foundation. ...