M13 Alpha - What's Next?
Thursday January 27th, 2000
Mozilla.org has declared M13 to be "alpha" which means Mozilla needs your attention and constructive bug reports as it pushes towards beta. Why not check out the latest builds and start using Mozilla more and more throughout your day?
Also, you can join the gathering in #mozillazine every evening. Talk about the latest builds, help clear out duplicate bugs, or just hang and chat. Point your IRC client at irc.mozilla.org, or, better yet, you can use the Chatzilla IRC client enabled in the latest builds (under the Tasks menu). Just start up the client, /attach moznet, and then /join #mozillazine. You'll probably want to change your nick from IRCMonkey to something more appropriate once you get connected. :-) You can also use the Java chat client on our chat page.
#21 What I think needs fixing for beta
Friday January 28th, 2000 5:07 AM
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Bug 1582 means I can't use a site which I *always* use every single day several times... I'm sure it causes similar problems for other people, to judge from the regularity of duplicates. I notice that this bug is marked beta anyway...
Also, right click/right click on context menus (rather than right click/left click) needs to work - broken user interface expectations are *really* unsettling. (17159 - this isn't marked beta, though it's 4.xP)
Obviously, all security functionality needs to be included as a matter of vital urgency, but I assume it will be in the Netscape-branded beta.
I don't know the bug number/s, but drag and drop doesn't seem to work, in particular two things I often use:
1. I can't drag an html file from my (NT) desktop into mozilla.
2. I can't drag a link from Mozilla to another Mozilla window and have it open that link in that window, this is VERY useful when you use multiple windows as you don't have to keep opening new ones and closing old ones.
Oh. And it needs to work with Netscape bookmarks automatically (maybe it does already if you use the proper installer).
These are the things which are keeping *me* from using Mozilla regularly.
Some other suggestions re sidebar, which is going to be a bit of a shock to the "general audience":
1. either turn off/fold in the sidebar by default (otherwise people are going to complain that it takes up loads of space and they can't figure out how to get rid of it) or else to make the stuff contained in it a bit easier to understand; from a usability point of view, the sidebar is a bit incomprehensible. :) Defaulting to bookmarks or search panel might help. 2. Where is the "add bookmark" feature on the bookmarks sidebar? And what about the "search" option on the search results sidebar [I know it says "search results" but it really needs to be a "search" place]? They're not too much use without those two things... if the sidebar isn't genuinely useful (ie including those features and others) by beta then it should default to off or folded; it can be shown off in the final release when it's actually some use.
3. Sidebar should have a history panel like IE's, this is genuinely useful, history seems to have vanished entirely from Mozilla... but this isn't essential by beta IMO.