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.


#38 Re: Scrollbars

by WillyWonka

Monday February 7th, 2000 7:23 PM

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The scrollbars are already customizable. Thats what XBL was developed for. Currently the scrollbars are the only xbl widgets but the colour picker is being worked on by someone. xbl is a lot like xul but its stuck in a xul when its needed (Not sure how exactly... it just works)

BTW There are already GTK, Windows, and Mac look-a-like scrollbars for mozilla. They are just not checked into the tree. (The mac one doesn't have one of the shadows and the windows one is slow from what I've heard)