New GeckoTIP for Firefox

GeckoTIP is an extension that provides Tablet PC Input Panel support in both Firefox and Thunderbird. This new version addresses the following known bugs in the previous version:

  • The floating TIP icon sometimes stops appearing after Firefox has been open for a long time
  • When FF/TB is open, the floating TIP icon sometimes appears unexpectedly in other programs where it shouldn’t
  • TPCTIP occasionally causes Firefox to crash (rare, but reproducible)
  • The current TPCTIP does not install properly on Firefox/Thunderbird 1.5 beta builds due to a change in the XPCOM.DLL file, and likely will continue to fail on the final 1.5 releases.
  • When entering text into the URL bar, search bar, and other user interface elements in Firefox and Thunderbird using the on-screen keyboard mode of the floating TIP, the TIP often dissappears after each key is entered
  • The TPCISC extension, while extremely useful, is also very prone to crashing Firefox

The current release of GeckoTIP provides the following:

  • It is believed that it fixes all but the last two issues on the bug list above
  • It switches the TIP to the “URL” context when the Firefox URL bar has the focus
  • It provides an alternative “Go” button for Tablet users that acts as an onscreen ENTER key. The button is available via the toolbar pallette: “View > Toolbars > Customize…”
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