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.


#19 Re: You assume it is a mistake

by Maroney

Monday February 7th, 2000 3:57 PM

You are replying to this message

I don't "assume" it's a mistake. I pointed out specific reasons that it is a mistake.

It is impossible to meet the expectations of platform users without duplicating the entire platform toolbox. That is not feasible now and will become even less feasible in the future as existing platforms advance and new ones appear.

"Skins" do not deal with interaction problems, only with appearance, and new platforms are exceeding the capability of skins to even reproduce their appearance. There are also intellectual property issues such as design patents.

If you'd like to discuss these issues -- which you do not do in your message -- feel free. I must admit I do not see the point in your response as it stands.