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.]
#15 Re: Re: End-user experience might be important
Wednesday June 27th, 2001 2:11 AM
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I'm not sure I understand your first paragraph. With "acceptance in the user base" I refer mainly to new users who will then try Mozilla for the first time or revisit it (e.g. current IE users) and might go away again if "it doesn't feel right".
Gerv writes: "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"."
One sure could. It all depends on what your aim is. Mozilla certainly has a number of different aims. My comments were for the "Mozilla browser suite desktop end-user" aim. Embedding is a different aim.
He continues: "Also, how do you plan to measure it? "
As there aren't the resources for a MS-like usability lab available, we should employ the Mozilla user base. One possibility: have some discussions in a newsgroup about what current users think right now is really necessary to polish. Ask the developers what's realistic. Then have a little team make up a filtered list of those requests that is feasable for 1.0. File necessary bugs and target a meta bug for 1.0.