Weekend Discussion: Usability - Mozilla to West Palm Beach

Friday November 10th, 2000

We're all probably keenly aware that there were numerous usability problems (and here) with the balloting in West Palm Beach county during this Presidential election which created voting patterns which according to statisticians are, for all practical purposes, an impossibility.

Not going into questions of legitimacy regarding the vote, my questions to you are these: Can blame be placed when usability issues create incorrect or uncertain results? Is there remedy? Much has been said about usability issues in Mozilla - how does Mozilla's usability play a part in the developer/user relationship? Is there blame to be placed if a lack of usability testing creates an interface that's difficult for users to navigate? Do you think a correlation can be drawn between software UI usability and usability issues for paper interfaces like government forms or ballots? What responsiblity, if any, does the user hold for navigating a UI or form that suffers from serious usability issues?

#5 Sumart/Auto-Updating

by ipotting <>

Friday November 10th, 2000 5:00 PM

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I would think, in this age of broadband connections and auto-resuming downloaders, that a first release need only be stable and useful. As long as Netscape 6 provides a simple and convenient ? if not transparent ? means of updating the browse, then what can or can not make it into this or that release becomes unimportant.

I look forward to the day when my browser *surprises* me with now feature and I never again have to check the ?About? to see if I have the latest version.