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.
#69 Re: You assume it is a mistake
Wednesday February 9th, 2000 4:56 PM
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I agree. Sorry all, there's nothing that special about "native" UIs. Mac's is ugly, Aqua is pretty much the same but with white Window title bars instead of gray, Windows is ugly, even my beloved Amiga has ugly windows (at least it has an excuse, having been in limbo for nearly a decade). There's certainly nothing special enough about these UIs to warrant ruining Mozilla's XP potential, and as Chris notes, driving all development back to Windows anyway.
I tend to like the new UI alright, better than Windows' ugly-ass gray, flat, and oh, gray standard UI. I'll like it better once it's really cleaned up and the Mail/News stuff works properly.
Re: Aqua, it's no more intuitive than Mac's standard UI, that's for sure. Anyway, there's few enough Mac users that it could matter less if they use IE anyway -- that is after all their only alternative. If they miss their bumpy stripe thingies that bad, well, that's the one thing IE has over Mozilla, isn't it?