Firefox Secrets reviewed by Robert Pritchett 
Author: Cheah Chu Yeow 
http://www.oreillynet.com/cs/catalog/view/au/2107
  
SitePoint 
http://www.sitepoint.com
  
Booksite: 
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/0975240242/
Released: June 2005 
Pages: 250 
$30 USD, $42 CND,  21 GBP,  99? Euro CD included. 
ISBN: 0975240242 
Requirements: Internet Access. 
Strengths: Shows one of  the best alternatives to MSIE. 
Weaknesses: SitePoint needs to d a better job with their book 
search function on their website. 
Firefox Secrets by Cheah Chu Yeow legitimizes Firefox as a valid browser by offering the little 
known things that make it an alterative to MS IE and since it is cross platform that even makes it 
a better choice. It came out with tabbing way before Safari did. It even takes it a step further and 
shows how to go beyond the default setting to make it respond even faster and even create 
multiple home pages. 
I particularly enjoyed the history that led up to Firefox, as depicted by Cheah Chu Yeow. 
There are 8 chapters that discuss features, revisiting websites, changing the skin, and 
personalizing the screens, tips, trick and hacks and even web development that covers 
JavaScripting, DOM inspector and editor, ability to view headers and validation of HTML and 
CSS and Accessibility. It ends with a short chapter on troubleshooting, working with Apple's 
Mac OS X Expose, nightly builds and leveraging Firefox for web content.  
If you've been using Firefox, this is a quick read. If not, the CD has it all for you for version 
1.0.3 and Thunderbird version 1.0.2, including 6 themes and 22 extensions. 
  MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion 
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August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8 




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