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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


#60 platform themes

by julianm <julian@zereau.net>

Wednesday February 9th, 2000 4:52 AM

You are replying to this message

If experience with GTK themes should tell you anything, that thing should be that THEY MAY LOOK THE SAME BUT THEY NEVER FEEL THE SAME.

For example, drag 'n drop will work differently, keybindings will be different, scrollbars will behave differently, system-wide theme/color settings will be ignored, etc etc.

The only solution to this is to replace the theme widgets with fully fledged genuine local widgets - but then, they will probably break the assumptions of the moz codebase.

In other words: it's more trouble than it's worth.