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.]
#149 Re: Who are we aiming it at?
by Brendon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday June 28th, 2001 1:53 PM
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no no no, i (and most likely the other people who've mentioned UI polish) mean the odd behavior of the UI.
i.e. mouse over a bookmark on the personal toolbar.. the text shifts a pixel or two.
on linux (not sure 'bout other platforms) text is sometimes oddly displayed, as if it was rotting away. heh, no.. i don't have a better description but if you use mozilla on linux i'm sure you know what i mean.
when you change themes sometimes you won't be able to access the "View" menu.
and god knows how many other small, but very disturbing glitches which aren't seen in anyother browser or even application than Mozilla.
It gives a very amateuristic feeling to Mozilla (no offence to any of the developers, but a fact is a fact) and will seriously put off potential users.
don't bother with the argument Mozilla isn't for users; Netscape will push a release regardless of Mozilla's UI glitches which ensures that the users will come across the bugs found in Mozilla (with one or two visible exceptions that they happen to fix with their own releases).
like an API freeze and documentation, UI 'polish' is a must.. you can't ship a 1.0 release that has taken years with a UI as bad as yahoo's java chatapplet.