Brief: New Web applications

The new book, "Creating Applications with Mozilla," from O'Reilly & Associates Inc., Sebastopol, Calif., highlights how to use the Mozilla Web browser as a base for building other programs. In 1998, Netscape Communications Corp. released the source code to its Communicator software. Since then, a mostly volunteer-led effort has been extending the development framework of the open-source version of the Web browser, called Mozilla. By using Web standards and scripting languages, programs can be written to work on any computer, regardless of the underlying operating system.

According to the Mozilla development Web site (, other programs that have sprung from Mozilla include Fabula, a multimedia story-telling program that incorporates pictures, text and sounds; Enigmail, a program for encrypting and decrypting e-mail; Lodur, a browser sidebar tracking panel for Webcams; and Mozoffice, an office productivity suite.

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