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?

#40 Skin with "sensible" nav buttons on it ?

by rkl

Thursday August 24th, 2000 10:40 AM

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Modern 2.0 does look better than 1.0 (which was too "cartoony" for my tastes), but still suffers some obvious problems:

1. What does the third button (a curved arrow) actually mean ? It could be "back", "home" or "reload" ! It's a very poor icon to use and arguably the worst feature on first glance of Modern 1.0/2.0

2. Why oh why isn't the home button inline with the other four nav buttons - as someone else pointed out, you can then turn off the *utterly useless* bar below (Home, MyNetscape etc.). Telling me to use CTRL-H or Go -> Home is no answer.

3. That "Search" button should be removable - it's a total waste of screen estate. I would personally replace it with a "Find" (as in "find text in page") button, which is approximately 100 times more useful than a "Search" button.

4. Do we still actually need a throbber in the top-right any more ? Internet Explorer has such a tiny and "fuzzy" throbber, that you can barely notice it working and I hardly ever look at the throbber in Nav 4.X. Would be nice to be able to toggle it off.

Some of these comments, of course, also apply to the "Classic" skin, which is also failing to put the Home button inline with the other nav icons (to me, "Classic" should NOT be the default in Nav 6.X - it should, however, as closely mimic Nav 4.X as possible to aid users to be as comfortable moving from 4.X to 6.X as is possible).

I also agree that a button or pull-down menu option for changing skins should be available - people love to tinker with such things.