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.]
#139 Who are we aiming it at?
Thursday June 28th, 2001 11:54 AM
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I think all the talk of UI polish being essential is somewhat absurd. Sure, if things are a pixel off, people that want to pick Mozilla apart will be able to use these silly sorts of niggles as complaints. But SURELY it's **far** better to have everyone laugh at such negative critics, because they can see perfectly well that the stability, security, good design, standards support, portability and astounding feature set far eclipse such petty complaints.
Frankly, and this may sound elitist, but it's more about what a good software project should aim for, the user that will complain about the nowhere-else-seen feature being presented in an imperfect way (with buttons /slightly/ off centre, for example) is not the user we should be trying to appeal to (/pandering to).
Look at the Netscape 6.1 PR1 review page. You might possibly find a single petty complaint, but the majority of criticisms will be about sensible issues, like speed and stability - and happily the vast majority of responses are filled with praise: people genuinely seem to see the value and promise or this browser.
To put it briefly, and get back to the topic at hand: The UI is fine as it is, sure there are things that should be improved, and they will be, but to suggest that the current UI(s) are in any way seriously deficient is laughable, and we CERTAINLY shouldn't hold off on 1.0 because of them.