Weekend Discussion

Friday March 24th, 2000

Time for another weekend discussion. The question this weekend:

What do you feel is an appropriate level of integration between a browser and an Operating System? And at the other end of the spectrum, what are your feelings about Mozilla's cross-platform approach?

#15 Browser and OS integration

by vulturex <>

Saturday March 25th, 2000 11:12 AM

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Being a Unix user (Linux at home, Solaris and AIX at work) I don't see the browser integrating with the OS ever. The browser integrates with the user interface. The question is if that is an improvement.

In my opinion, the general computer user interface will need to be "smarter" in the future, not neccisarily more integrated. If I am reading an email message about a change that one of my coworkers implemented in some source or configuration file, my UI should offer me an instant way to open that configuration file, preferably with the new changes highlighted.

It is that level of intelligent "related information" concepts which will take user interfaces to the next level in the near future. I can see that browser integration can be a part of that, but I don't see it being there yet.

For now: I want my web browser to be a web browser, and not my entire user interface.