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.
#14 UI is drab and ugly
Monday February 7th, 2000 2:31 PM
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I think the basic theme of the UI is a step in the right direction, but the colors and contrasting is really crappy. That teal has to be the most drab and ugliest shade I have ever seen.
Netscape can do what they want, but I think that a Mozilla, final skin contest is due. The goal should be to make a nice looking variation on the current UI.
It would be a lot of work to do for a submission, but I think getting teams together would make for better results.