Firefox Secrets reviewed by Robert Pritchett
Author: Cheah Chu Yeow
Released: June 2005
$30 USD, $42 CND, 21 GBP, 99? Euro CD included.
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
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
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8