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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?


#110 After using the new daily builds...

by stevekane

Wednesday August 30th, 2000 12:44 AM

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Although Modern 2.0 looks "cool", especially from the demo screen on the front page of this site, it's just not going to cut it. I initially thought it looked pretty good, but after using the current implementation in the daily builds I realize it really doesn't look any better than the Windows or Mac UI, it just looks very different and *odd*. Different can be a bad thing if it's too inconsistent. If they want to go the route of Quicktime for Windows or some other app that looks completely different than the rest of Windows, they need to make it much better than Windows in usability or functionality so it's obvious why they chose to do so.

I think Classic is much better in its current state, but I would have to say that Classic needs a lot of improvement as well. IE really is much better in this area with its customizable, draggable toolbars, and its more consistent buttons (History, Search, Favorites, and Folders as sidebar-launching buttons). I don't like the URL search button in classic, because it's too easy to confuse with the "Go" button in IE. What I'd suggest is for outside developers to help out with Classic, and continue to make it (maybe in a "new" Classic?) more usable and less like 4.x, and in the end, Netscape may make the smart decision.