FireFox
Internet Explorer is losing ground to the new FireFox browser. Nudging things further in the right direction, Belus Technology has recently released a Mozilla Firefox version of its XHTML WYSIWYG editor, XStandard. Belus is among the first software vendors to announce new products based on Firefox's new scriptable API for plug-ins. XStandard is a standards-compliant WYSIWYG editor used as a plug-in for content management systems. It permits non-technical authors to manage rich, multilingual content and ensures the markup they produce is always standards-compliant and accessible. The release of XStandard for Firefox extends the use of Firefox as a front-end authoring and management tool for Web Content Management systems (Web CMS). Firefox is the new, nimble browser from the Mozilla Foundation. Its scriptable plug-in API is designed to facilitate the development of applications that extend the browser's functionality, and is the result of collaboration between the Mozilla Foundation, Adobe, Apple, Macromedia, Opera, and Sun Microsystems. "We are very pleased to see our standards-compliant editor working in a standards-compliant browser," said Vlad Alexander, head of development at Belus Technology, "Thanks to the availability of pre-releases of the new API since June, and the exemplary cooperation of the Mozilla Foundation, we were able to develop XStandard for Firefox quickly and successfully." "The release of XStandard confirms vendor support for our browser, and demonstrates that we are giving third-party vendors the help they need to make plug-ins that work with Firefox," said Mitchell Baker, President of the Mozilla Foundation. "It is very gratifying to see that software vendors not only recognize the value of the new API but are responding quickly to the business opportunities that it presents. Plug-ins are crucial components of the interactive Web experience and we are committed to making every effort to ensure they work well with our browser now and in the future." XStandard is used in content management solutions that must meet rigorous Web standards and accessibility requirements. The editor generates clean XHTML Strict or 1.1, with no deprecated tags, uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and ensures the clean separation of content from formatting. Markup generated by XStandard is guaranteed to meet the most demanding accessibility requirements.