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.


#23 Re: must-haves for beta

by gerbilpower <>

Monday February 7th, 2000 4:46 PM

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Like it was said, M16 should be feature complete so we should be seeing features rolling in between now than M16.

Multiple backs/forwards has been discussed before, but I am not aware of the current progress on this.

Yup, I want my autocompletion too but my question is URL autocompletion is in what form it will be in? I currently hate the current auto-complete in Netscape because it always gives me the wrong URL and by the time it suggests the right one, I already typed most of the URL already. I like how IE 5 on Windoze does this, it creates a list of possible URLs and you can pick the right one.

I have never had a use for What's Related, so I'm don't care for this feature but if it's in demand, then it should be included.

Okay, I'm starting to feel like I can rant but I won't, I'll cut it off here :)