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.
#4 Layout change
Monday February 7th, 2000 10:31 AM
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I think we can't complain about the tech side of Mozilla, since the rendering engine is really damn good and best of all, very fast and exact in interpreting the tags.
But I have to agree that the design doesn't fit the rest of the good work. Get rid of these cheesy gfx and the cheap "loading status" at the lower left bottom. I don't think that having a blue layout with those huge buttons suits very well. Why not ask some people out there to make some spicy new layout? This worked out very well with the animated Mozilla sign.
And before going alpha or beta with the next releases the usability has to be improved much. Switching to the prompt still doesn't work with <TAB>, the mouse over Buttons seem to be displaced and finally get rid of the blue color. There are skins out there, so if you want your browser to be blue you can add those.