Netscape's Plans for M14 and Beyond
Monday February 7th, 2000
Cmad writes, "Want to know more about Netscape's release plan? Another interesting article has been posted on that matter by Jim A. Roskind in the SeaMonkey newsgroup."
If the link above doesn't work for you, try this Deja.com link.
Jim goes into detail about what Netscape is expecting to do with M14 - it could turn into an alpha Netscape product, a beta product, or, worst case, they might end up holding off to M15 for a branded version. They're expecting that M16 will be feature complete (presumably the skin-switching code and security module will be in by that time, too).
Beyond the obvious performance issues, I think Netscape should really try to address the usability issues with the current skin if they are looking to push out a beta product. For example, the toolbar buttons should be labeled, and the buttons themselves should not extend over the grey space below the main toolbar -- it looks like an unintended effect (or defect).
What do you think? Post your thoughts and ideas in the forum for this news item, but since this has been a contentious issue in the past, I'm asking that you please keep your post civil.
What Mozilla *really* lacks at this moment is nice-looking widgets.
Especially the buttons and comboboxes. I mean, mouseovers suck. And if you HAVE to do mouseovers, at least make them subtle ones, do not draw a thick black box around a widget making it look like it came straight out of the libXaw age.
The same goes for the thick stipply lines around combo boxes.
On a more positive note: The scrollbar rocks! Keep it this way (perhaps NeXT-style arrows would be nice, but oh well... That's not as important as the matter stated above).
<DAYDREAM> It'd be REALLY froody if they could be made to look like the platform they're run on - e.g. a GTK or Qt look for Unix, a Mac look for the Mac, a Windows look for Windows etc.
Heeey... what about Widget themes? </DAYDREAM>