Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Candidate 1 Available for Testing

Wednesday September 27th, 2006

Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download. This preview of the next version of Firefox browser is aimed at Web Application Developers, testers and early adopters.

For more information, refer to the Release Notes.

#49 Dictionary...

by krissilver

Saturday September 30th, 2006 5:47 AM

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The dictionary spell checker is a very good feature, but after some further thought and reading the above comments, I'm growingly concerned its been a little rushed. Its very disappointing dictionaries are not being shipped with a lot of builds. At RC1 stage is worrying such basic matters aren't being better dealt with and implemented. This is really not good and its not totally clear to what extent if any this may be the case the final release. Also given past experience, I don't think Mozilla are giving locals matters like this quite enough of the attention it deserves. After Konqueror Mozilla are to be fair probably the best with locales, but still improvements needed. You don't get more fundamental with a browser than languages, there's been past problems with locales being released on time and its improving. This has a dangerous smell of the same mistakes being made due to a lack of solid organisation and efforts to fundamentally improve and ensure timely release of dictionaries for ALL languages of the world.

As per previous comments here I sense there's fundementally better ways to implement spell checking such as linking to dictionaries, office suites being an obvious source as users who have they're dictionary with all additions of words, should not have to go all the way through doing the same for the same language spell checker in another basic application. Great feature, but been rushed me thinks. Anyone have further information, thoughts...?

Also, having to go through your document looking for red lines on words and right clicking each and every one is a bit of a long winded un-efficient way of spell checking, a one click spell checker button bring up a box going through all words, is basic efficiency and what users are used to and expect. No matter how good a feature is, if its not ready, improve it, make it ready, then release. This growingly has "rushed" all over it.