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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


#62 UI Skin to look like Navigator 4.x

by dhickey <f43@hotmail.com>

Wednesday February 9th, 2000 8:01 AM

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If any of you work in Information Services in a company, you'll know exactly what I am talking about. You'll have people noncomputer-savvy (such as Sales people and Marketing types - very broad generalization, not flaimbait!)using netscape at the moment and if you put Moz if front of them they will freak.

I have had dealings where they are more interested in the colour of the font on a button, instead of what it does. These users (and there are many in the corporate land) that don't understand that software has to evolve:

"I have netscape on my machine and I can't see this page"

"What version are you using?"

"What do you mean version? I said netscape"

"Click on help->about"

"It says 3.02" (if they find the help menu).

"Grrr"

So they get upgraded and then feel complete confused/ lost / dazed/ bewildered because there has been another button added to the toolbar or the icons change slightly.

Soooo...make a skin that makes Moz look like 4.x and you could prevent a killing spree....