Mozilla browser updated after hiccup

Developers of the open-source Web browser Mozilla released a new version of the software this week after pulling an earlier version that contained a bug preventing some Web site content from being displayed.

Mozilla 1.2.1 is available now as a free download on the Mozilla.org Web site. Mozilla.org is an open-source group backed partly by Netscape Communications Corp., now a division of AOL Time Warner Inc., which contributed the initial technology behind the Web browser.

The new release appeared less than a week after Mozilla.org released version 1.2 of the software. A bug quickly discovered in that release was found to affect some pages running dynamic HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), a Web programming language that allows elements of a Web page to change after it has been loaded. The developer group pulled the original download from its Web site over the weekend and has posted a fixed version in its place.

The latest release only adds a fix for the bug. However, it includes all the features added to the bungled 1.2 release. One new feature allows users to set their home pages to include a single view of multiple Web pages. The release also allows users to customize the software so that toolbars are displayed as text or icons.

Mozilla 1.2.1 can be installed on Windows XP and versions of that operating system dating back to Windows 95. A version of the browser is also available for Mac OS X and various flavors of Linux. Full support details are online at http://www.mozilla.org

Mozilla.org is urging users who installed Mozilla 1.2 to upgrade to the new release.

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