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.]
#11 Re: End-user experience might be important
Wednesday June 27th, 2001 1:16 AM
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> The goal for 1.0 should be to achieve > a high level of acceptance in the user base.
Why do you say that as if it's obvious? It's not necessarily a given for a _Mozilla_ 1.0 release, because Mozilla is an end-user product.
This is not to say we shouldn't have a good UI or user experience; but it could be argued that the criteria for 1.0 should be based on e.g. embedding, API, standards support stuff rather than "user experience".
Also, how do you plan to measure it? This article is looking for ways of defining whether we've got there or not. "Wait until users say 'Wow, that's decent software. I'm gonna use it.' is not a very hard criterion. :-)
I agree with your comments about polish, though. Hopefully having a feature freeze might help this. Mozillazine readers diving in and learning about XUL and JS (it's not hard) and doing some patches would help even more.