LEGAL
author Jim Blandy <jimb@mozilla.com>
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:12:07 -0700
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Bug 914753: Make Emacs file variable header lines correct, or at least consistent. DONTBUILD r=ehsan The -*- file variable lines -*- establish per-file settings that Emacs will pick up. This patch makes the following changes to those lines (and touches nothing else): - Never set the buffer's mode. Years ago, Emacs did not have a good JavaScript mode, so it made sense to use Java or C++ mode in .js files. However, Emacs has had js-mode for years now; it's perfectly serviceable, and is available and enabled by default in all major Emacs packagings. Selecting a mode in the -*- file variable line -*- is almost always the wrong thing to do anyway. It overrides Emacs's default choice, which is (now) reasonable; and even worse, it overrides settings the user might have made in their '.emacs' file for that file extension. It's only useful when there's something specific about that particular file that makes a particular mode appropriate. - Correctly propagate settings that establish the correct indentation level for this file: c-basic-offset and js2-basic-offset should be js-indent-level. Whatever value they're given should be preserved; different parts of our tree use different indentation styles. - We don't use tabs in Mozilla JS code. Always set indent-tabs-mode: nil. Remove tab-width: settings, at least in files that don't contain tab characters. - Remove js2-mode settings that belong in the user's .emacs file, like js2-skip-preprocessor-directives.

Please be apprised of the following Legal Notices:

A) The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has
ruled that the Netscape Navigator code does not infringe Wang's U.S.
Patent No. 4,751,669 ("the '669 Patent") because: 1) HTML is not
Videotex as defined by the '669 patent; 2) web servers are not central
suppliers; and 3) Navigator does not "connect," as defined by the '669
Patent, to web servers on the Internet. Wang may appeal this decision to
the Federal Circuit. Wang contended that its Patent disclosing a
"Videotex" system, is infringed by the following functionality in the
Netscape Navigator code: 1) the animated logo and status line indicators
--See Claims 1,8 and 9; 2) the "File Save As" function --See Claims
23-27; 3) Bookmarks and Rename Bookmarks in the Properties window --See
Claims 20-22; 4) storing HTML, GIF, and JPEG files and adding filename
extensions --See Claim 38

B) Intermind owns pending U.S. patent applications on communications
systems which employ metadata ("channel objects") to define a control
structure for information transfer. The Netscape code does not infringe
as released; however, modifications which utilize channel objects as
described by Intermind should be considered carefully. The following is
a statement from Intermind: "Intermind's claims fundamentally involve
the use of a control structure to automate communications. ...The
essence of Intermind's top claim is that two devices sender and receiver
have persistent storage, communicate over a network, and exchange a
control structure including metadata which describes: 1) what
information is to be updated, 2) when to update this information, and 3)
how to transfer the updated information. In addition, at least the
receiving device must be able to process the metadata in order to
perform the update determination and transfer. Any digital
communications system which incorporates all of these elements will be
covered by Intermind's patents." See Intermind.com.

C) Stac, Inc., and its licensing agent Hi/fn, own several patents which
disclose data compression methods implementing an LZS compression
algorithm, including U.S. Patent Nos. 4,701,745 and 5,016, 009 ("the
Stac Patents"). The Netscape Communicator code does not perform
compression. If you modify the Netscape source code to perform
compression, please take notice of the Stac Patents.

D) Netscape Communications Corporation ("Netscape") does not guarantee
that any source code or executable code available from the mozilla.org
domain is Year 2000 compliant.