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.
#24 My Suggestions
Monday February 7th, 2000 4:52 PM
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Let's see... maybe there should be at least two "skins", one for people who like the current look and one for people who like more creativity. That may solve some of the problems and fix ArielB's nervous breakdown.
If Mozilla must use its own "widgets" instead of "native widgets" then it should use those "widgets" that are the best from each operating system.
Caseyperkins is right. Get rid of the teal and white, for goodness sake.
Support for the ALT attribute of the IMAGE tag would be nice. Support for the TITLE attribute of the LINK tag would be even more nice, or is that only in Internet Explorer?
Some type of history list is necessary. Some Websites make it nearly impossible to leave them by clicking the "Back" button. I think it is that darn redirection thing.
I think it would be good if there was a button on the Web browser that would open a Window with a form similar to the Bugzilla form, so people could submit bugs without going to the site, and it could automatically insert the Platform and Build ID information, and the URL of the Webpage. Bug submission would be faster. Is it "URI" instead of "URL" now? What is the reason for that change?
When I use CSS, the background color only goes down as far as the text, and does not fill the entire window. This did not happen in M13. Is it supposed to be that way? Is "background-image" nonfunctional? If the answer to either of those questions is "yes" then I think some more consideration should be put into the CSS implementation.
Finally, to all of the people who respond to suggestions with words like "if you want it, code it," I do not think this is a good response. I think it translates to "we don't like you, use Internet Explorer".
Oh, one more thing... put a big Shop@Mozilla button on it. Everybody loves those :)