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.]
#177 "Everything's ready but X, so we're not shipping."
Friday June 29th, 2001 4:17 AM
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When you make a post saying "we need X for 1.0", say out loud to yourself:
"Everything's ready for Mozilla 1.0 but X, so we aren't shipping."
Imagine saying it to your mates. Imagine saying it to mangelo. ;-) Imagine saying it to the press.
I saw someone above saying "Mozilla 1.0 needs favicon.ico support". Let's try this out, shall we?
"Mr. CNet journalist: Everything's ready for Mozilla 1.0 except favicon.ico support, so we're not shipping."
How silly does that sound?
"Mr. CNet journalist: Everything's ready for Mozilla 1.0 except our HTML4 support is not complete as we promised, so we're not shipping." You can justify that (although if it's a long way off, something's gone wrong in the planning process which we are now working out.)
Also: what I meant by not naming specific bugs, but specific goals. "UI should be polished" is a goal, and you can say "We're not shipping 1.0 because the UI isn't finished" and still have some credibility, but you can't put it on a list and tick it off to say it's done, because it's so subject to opinion.
"Mozilla should never steal focus, all UI elements should be inside their respective windows, and the UI should not change unexpectedly (i.e things shift around) when you interact with it." would be a lot better.
Get the idea? :-)