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.]
#120 I agree totally
Thursday June 28th, 2001 4:48 AM
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I am actually a programmer, with about 10 years experience in the industry (java, c, but sadly not c++). There are a lot of bug's I'd like to have a go at fixing, but I have no idea even where to start looking in the code. Even something as simple as a block diagram showing how the various parts of the code fit together, e.g what function gets called first, what is the flow when a user clicks on a link - would be a good start. What do the various string classes mean in mozilla - there seem to be an awful lot, with no explanation of which to use where. How do you read preferences. Things like that, so that people who know how to code could at least look in the right area and then get some idea of what mozilla is doing.
I think if even this basic level of documentation were available, you would find the number of patches increase dramatically.
Another idea you could use is a wiki wiki web <http://c2.com/cgi/wiki> - basically editable html. Then as people discover more about mozilla they could document it themselves. You've made the code open source, so why not make the documentation open source too ?