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?
#16 OS/browser integration, xplatform
Saturday March 25th, 2000 11:19 AM
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kovu, you hit the nail on the nose! =)
"Web browsing has nothing to do with interfacing between the user and the hardware, and that's the SOLE purpose of an OS. "
exactly. integration is a necessary evil though, but as long as i maintain control over what an app does to my system, including what goes on behind my back like sending information about my system to retrieve an update, i'm happy. i'd say most computer users today don't have a clue about using their computer, save clicking things. there's also the trend of improving efficiency, however such an improvement may be perceived. if it takes dragging an icon instead of typing an address, many will say that's good and constitutes an improvement. same for automatically obtaining an update- system files, virus defs, whatever. again, i'd rather go fetch it myself. let those who want to use the feature use it, just don't force feed me.
regarding mozilla's cross platform approach, it's the only way to go. i've yet to go through all the code to see how deep this goes, but i see at least a few areas that would realize benefits from it. since there's no effectively captive audience with the internet, it's prudent to implement designs and functionality that will prove usable by the broadest possible group.
for you w98 users, IE can be 'dis-integrated' with few side effects if you know your way around the OS. i have an installation that offers netscape when the windows icon in explorer is clicked as well as when URLs are typed in an addressbar (got tired of the behavior resulting from the integration one day).
for the mozilla developers out there, nice job! let's hope the industry learns from your example =)