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.

Projects for the week

Here's a partial listing of what I and others at the Foundation did this past week:

  • Grants and related activities. Håkan Waara has been working on a Foundation-funded project to improve the accessibility of Firefox on Mac OS X. The work has been difficult because of underlying problems with Apple's accessibility infrastructure on OS X, so the Foundation is funding an extension of Håkan's work to allow him to make some more progress. For more information on the current state of the work see Håkan's report.

    Next action(s): Complete paperwork for one other accessibility-related proposal, and work on some other non-accessibility proposals as well.

Upcoming activities

  • Gerv will be out on vacation until December 11 or so.

  • I'll be out on vacation November 27-29.

  • I'll be in Boston in early December for a meeting with Aaron Leventhal (tentative).

  • I'll be out on vacation one or two days during the week of December 4 (tentative).

  • I'll be in California (though not necessarily at Mozilla HQ) on December 12 and probably on December 11 and/or 13 as well.

Random notes

Over the holiday weekend I amused myself by starting to read the book Fearless Symmetry, one of the recent crop of books offering popular discussions of various mathematical topics, in this case group theory and related items, including elliptic curves and the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. Unlike other books in this general category, Fearless Symmetry is heavy on the math and light on the history and human interest; I never fully grokked group theory during my days as a math major, so we'll see if I do any better now.

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