Full Article Attached Towards Mozilla 1.0

Tuesday June 26th, 2001

Gervase Markham recently posted his feelings on what a 1.0 release of Mozilla would be. Gerv has sent us the follow-up to that posting, including much of the feedback he received. To read it, click the full article link. Once you have read through it, we welcome you to post your feelings on what you think a 1.0 release would have. [As Gerv says, please don't post your favorite list of bugs, only the criteria for choosing what bugs to fix.]

#1 End-user experience might be important

by NilsE

Tuesday June 26th, 2001 11:38 PM

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The nightlies in the last couple of weeks have been fun to work with. Now that the crash landing period has been overcome, Gerv asks what's needed for 1.0. I think this question should be driven by end-user experience, maybe using the user feedback of PR1 as one of the sources.

Why? The goal for 1.0 should be to achieve a high level of acceptance in the user base. Show people that there is a usable, solid piece of software. Up to now, people have concentrated on features. That's fine, but you can't go on like that forever, and Gerv rightly asks for a feature freeze. Now we need to phase out the problems that might prevent users from saying "Wow, that's decent software. I'm gonna use it." It is my feeling that to achieve this, some polishing work on the interface is necessary. Bookmarks have improved a lot recently, but think of focus bugs. If users open links in a new window, they'll intuitively expect content area to have focus. It does not. Stuff like that is important. It's a minor issue, but annoying and user-visible.

In the past I always had the feeling that most polishing bugs always slipped "through the net". After a release, we had landings. Then the regressions of the landings were fixed. Then the next branching was coming closer, so the bug list was reduced to the "important" bugs. After the branch, the cycle started again and the polishing bugs were forgotten. But now is the time to take a look at that stuff.


PS. I'm pretty much impressed with the current state of Mozilla and looking forward to 1.0. ;-)