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 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.


#18 must-haves for beta

by caseyperkins <>

Monday February 7th, 2000 3:42 PM

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I've been following Mozilla since M5, and I must say that I'm very impressed by the progress. Nevertheless, there are still some missing features which I believe should be implemented before beta: Autocomplete - Whatever happened to URL autocompletion? Not only have I never seen it in any of the builds, but I haven't even heard any discussion of it for a year or more. Mozilla HAS to have this; to leave it out is a step backwards. I'm sure many others would agree. Back/Forward history lists - Remember having the ability to right-click or click and hold down on the back or forward buttons to get a history list and to navigate back to a site several steps back? This is a sorely missed feature. Changing font size - Enlarging/Reducing font size still doesn't work. Neither does overiding with other style sheets. These things would be greatly appreciated. FTP - I like the current implementation to some degree, but I still want drag-and-drop uploading just as in Netscape 4. A few other FTP capabilities would be excellent as well, such as mkdir, del, copy, etc. Speed - it seems as though the renderer in M13 took a performance hit as compared with some of the post M12 builds. Smaller, but still important issues: javascript: - as a developer, I can't live without the javascript debugger. Also, it would be nice if Javascript could still change the status bar! Has anyone else noticed this deficiency? DOM viewer - this hasn't been working for a while. This also is helpful for developers. :-) Filing bookmarks - instead of moving a bookmark into a folder, let's have the ability to file it into a folder when we first bookmark it, just as in Netscape 4. Maybe this one should be in my must-have list. Nitpicks: The white menubar! Another color would be preferable. Actually, I dislike the skin in general, except in the browser. Mail, address book, etc...yuck! What's Related - put it back on the toolbar please. It's much more convenient there than in the sidebar. By the way, whatever happened to the flash panel? That's about it. Overall, I think the developers are doing an excellent job. Thanks for listening to our suggestions.