Modern 2.0

Wednesday August 23rd, 2000

Netscape has begun working on landing the new modern skin for both Mozilla 1 and Netscape 6. The current plan is to dump the current modern skin when the new one has fully landed.

While the skin looks better than the first version of Modern, we think this time could be better spent on improving the Classic skin, which is preferred by the majority of users, rather than working on a skin that has already been shunned by most in the community. What are they thinking?

#106 Home-as-navigation? I think not...

by Millennium

Tuesday August 29th, 2000 8:24 AM

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Let's look at navigation functions...

Back: Takes you back in the list of sites you've visited. Forward: If you've used Back, this will take you forward in the list of sites you've visited this session. Reload: Reloads the current page. Stop: Stops loading of the current page. Home: Takes you to a specific URL.

Home isn't a navigation function; it's just a bookmark. Sure, it's configured in a different spot from usual, but that doesn't change the fact that there is nothing the Home button can do that a bookmark cannot.

If it looks like a duck (Home can look like a bookmark, as a button in the "useless bar"), walks like a duck (takes you to a specified URL, just as bookmarks do), and quacks like a duck (Home provides no feedback that bookmarks don't), then I'm sorry, but *it's a duck!*

Besides which, once drag-and-drop is enabled then the "useless bar" won't be so useless. Don't like the Netscape bookmarks? Trash 'em and put your own favorite sites there. Or better yet, leverage the fact that Mozilla's UI is JavaScript-based. Using proper URL's, you could make those buttons do anything you wanted: perform browser functions not in the toolbar (View Source, anyone?), switch skins, drop down customized menus (want a Bookmarks menu in there perhaps?) or anything else Mozilla can do.

That's the problem with calling it the "useless bar." If you know how to work with it, it's actually one of Mozilla's most powerful features.