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.
#77 Skins as switchable
by vagyvag <email@example.com>
Wednesday February 9th, 2000 10:22 PM
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With the way that people have put together alternate skins/themes for their Mozilla builds, and since so many people are familiar with the code -- <being an open source project> -- why not just treat the UI like WinAmp does, and people just release skins that can be fairly easily plugged into their installs? The source code is available, apparently people have already gone off and done their own UI's, why not choose what you like and don't like. Arguing over look and feel is a valid point, as most people <I work in IT for a Fortune 100 corporation -- people with <gasp> business degrees> aren't going to have a clue how to switch out, as Steve Jobs called it, "look and feel," but the rest of us seem to have a fairly broad range of options. Certainly better than IE.