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.]
#123 Re: Re: the benchmark and the personal satisfactio
Thursday June 28th, 2001 5:01 AM
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Ok, I didn't point at the classes of bugs but rather kept ranting so sorry for that. Here comes my suggestion:
All UI bugs have to be fixed because the user will spot them immediately and claim the browser is stupid - even if it's not.
Standards conforming display of pages is something the average user won't care about, but the critics will. The user just wants to read his favourite pages without pain. So I would put this on lower priority (and communicate this decision well to the critics).
Skinnability should be stable - once it's official the designers out there would like to create some graphics. But if the interface keeps changing, you don't want to put work into keeping your theme up-to-date. Funky skins are a good reason for some to switch the browser (or to customise it to your corporate needs).
The only other application that is probably under heavy use will be the email client, so the criteria apply for it as well. Composer, etc.. should have lower priority.
Data loss especially in email is a total killer and not acceptable.
The occasional crash might probably be expected from 1.0. Lower priority.
To get printing right would be a good reason for me to switch browsers - but that's probably asking too much.