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Post Posted April 30th, 2013, 8:26 pm

Since most the computers I am responsible for are currently running Firefox ESR and I am not looking forward to Version 24 I have been experimenting with SeaMonkey. If the extension community manages to fix most of the crap coming out of Mozilla I am likely to stick with Firefox at least for a while longer simply because of available themes.

That said, is there any reason for Composer to be in SeaMonkey any more? None of the folks I know who do web development use it simply because there are much better tools out there.
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Post Posted April 30th, 2013, 8:34 pm

Does it not also provide the engine for composing emails?

Considering the number of requests for improvements, and questions relating to composer that I've seen on this forum, I think it is getting more use than you might think.

It is most unobtrusive for those who DON'T use it, so why would you want to remove it?

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Post Posted April 30th, 2013, 9:00 pm

I was just curious. I am poking around :)
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Post Posted May 1st, 2013, 5:38 am

It might be more work to spin off the Composer into an extension than just carrying it along in the main code... also, a lot is shared with Mail/News composition, thus there wouldn't be too much to spin off anyway.

Composer development has stalled for a couple of years. There have been incremental improvements, and quite a bit was actually done in the underlying Editor library which serves both Composer and Mail/News composition windows. The former lead Composer developer went on to work on Nvu (with a fork called KompoZer) and now BlueGriffon. I think there were talks to merge those improvements back into the original Composer, but it doesn't appear that much happened in this regard.

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Post Posted May 2nd, 2013, 1:45 pm

LoudNoise wrote:I was just curious. I am poking around :)

Here's one person who uses Composer a lot and would be sad to see it go.

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Post Posted May 3rd, 2013, 8:12 am

Here is another person that uses composer. If only some bugs were fixed in composer, it would be a great application: simple, but complete enough for editing a wide range of websites. I hope it just stays the way it is (except for the bugs of course) and nothing will be merged back from nvu or BlueGriffon.
I already had a look into the code and hope I will be able to fix some bugs to make it usable again.

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