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.
#2 Layout competition?
Monday February 7th, 2000 9:40 AM
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Hello, I'm new as a poster and have never tried to run any mozilla build, so pardon me if this is out of the blue. But as "havoc", I too find the appearance and functionality of the UI to be of major importance. Is there a part of this "tree" of yours where non-programmers can contribute?
Having designed some complex web sites like a stock exchange, I found Photoshop images pretty much did the job when it came to discussing usability. A mock-up screendump, possibly assisted by some text-and-arrows, very much tells the story.
I just have to stress this: at beta release, the UI must be both polished and really, really usable. As one of the first well-funded software products suggesting third-party co-developement, one should expect to be impressed by a very smooth, quality-controlled UI.
Some concluding questions. 1) What about a layout (skin AND functionality) competition to quality-control the official UI? 2) What about semitransparent UI components like Apple is boasting in OS X? 3) Where can one discuss beyond-current-browser-technology issues, like "what should Communicator 8 be like"?