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My Probably Last Major SeaMonkey Patch

When I added OpenSearch support for SeaMonkey 2.1 a few months ago, there was one thing I knew wasn't complete: We had no management UI for removing OpenSearch engines again, or even setting search keywords. Also, there was this request that had come up rarely, but still repeatedly, that a "search bar" in Firefox style should be available to add to the toolbar - even if not present there by default.

And after porting all the OpenSearch integration code, this was not incredibly hard any more, it was mostly copying over the Firefox search bar and engine manager code (the latter is available from the former, so they're slightly tied together) and then fitting it into SeaMonkey (and even cleaning them up a little, which I will backport to Firefox again).

And this is how it looks in my test build (and nightlies starting tomorrow) with the search bar customized in:

Image No. 22458

Of course, as stated before, this additional box is hidden by default, but a right click on any free area in the toolbars and selecting "Customize..." will allow you to drag it into the active set.

Today, for the official sixth anniversary of the SeaMonkey project (see last year's anniversary article), it fits well that this patch did land on the comm-central tree and very probably marks the last major work I land for SeaMonkey as I'm transitioning to new challenges.

I'd like to thank everyone who has patiently reviewed all those large porting patches I did, trying to get some of the heavy lifting done to bring the SeaMonkey suite into the 21st century - which I think the upcoming 2.1 release and its currently available betas do and will demonstrate beautifully.

It's been a pleasure and I'm happy I could contribute a number of important pieces of work to this still thriving and now even reasonably modern Internet suite with bleeding edge support of web innovations like a lot of HTML5 and CSS3. Who would have thought 6 years ago that this project would come to where it is today?

Entry written by KaiRo and posted on March 10th, 2011 23:13 | Tags: Mozilla, OpenSearch, SeaMonkey, SeaMonkey 2.1 | 6 comments | TrackBack



Dominique (Dom)

from France

OExcellent !
Excellent job Robert,
with Seamonkey now reaching close to 2.1, this is quite an achievement.
Very good job, from you and the developer team to get closer and closer to the Firefox and Thunderbird feature parity (although some distinctive features of SM makes it apart !).
Good job Robert, good job to all

Dominique / France
2011-03-11 07:58


Congrats also from here!

Even if i probably never use this one... it's one of the most noticeable differencies with Ff.

So SM is now closer to Ff and could atract its users to us.

I feel SM growing more and more. And it's a great sensation, thank to you and others out there!

Best regards and wishes for you in the future ;)
2011-03-12 21:01


OThank you for SeaMonkey and all the work you have done.
2011-03-12 23:34


OSM vs. FF
Seamonkey looks great! Thanks to all of you. Firefox 4.0 looks terrible.
2011-03-13 17:06

Tony Mechelynck

from Brussels, Belgium

OWhen I made the switch from Firefox to SeaMonkey (some weeks, or maybe months, before suiterunner builds for Linux became available for public download), it took me some time getting used to the lack of a search bar. Now I can search from either the URL bar, the search bar, or the sidebar, and (IIUC) they can even have each its own (different) default search engine. Yayayaay! :-) :-) :-) And OpenSearch capabilities into the bargain! Hello Mycroft, I'll be paying you a visit!

Richard, this is really great stuff. But... «never say never again»: I hope we'll still see you with SeaMonkey now and then, even if only "toying with it" in comparison to what you used to do. But whatever "new challenges" you decide to meet, I wish you the best of successes. :-)
2011-03-14 11:12


Quote of werwolf:
Seamonkey looks great! Thanks to all of you. Firefox 4.0 looks terrible.

I beg to differ about Firefox 4.0 being "terrible". FF4 looks fine on my computer, though the upcoming Seamonkey 2.1 release (whenever it goes final) will be as awesome as Firefox 4.0.
2011-03-18 01:33

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