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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.

--MozineAdmin


#48 Yes, but...

by RvR <mozillazine@mozillazine-fr.org>

Tuesday February 8th, 2000 5:52 AM

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Chris, you know that the problem is/will be Aqua and all those fancy UIs that are coming in the future... and the themable GTK/KDE environment on Linux.

I'm affraid it's too much work to duplicate each new UI/Theme coming around, instead of leaving only the outer scrollbar (let me insist: *Only the outer scrollbar*) be a native one. Don't you think it's a small trade-off that could calm down things and make the new Mozilla XP-widgets concept more acceptable "to the masses" ???

I'm just asking the question. Mozilla.org really should experiment with a few newbie users (not computer geeks like us :)

ps: the only thing i'm sure about, is that XPwidgets is a new concept (afaik), and, unfortunately, most people do not see the meaning of it because they only care about _their_ own UI. That's why we see all these religious wars around the UI...