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.]
#63 Best of Breed vs. Integration
Wednesday June 27th, 2001 12:38 PM
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Advanced users will take the time and make the effort to install "best of breed" software, but "stupid users" want one single integrated product that does all that they want to do. (i.e. Windows and its bloated list of features.)
What many users are still waiting for is a browser that includes truly easy-to-use WYSIWYG webpage creation and publishing. If Mozilla included ftp publishing driven by a simple wizard, or could be remotely configure by an network/isp administrator, or auto-configured from a network file? If Mozilla offered end-users a publishing experience indistinguishable from saving a Word doc to a local drive? If Mozilla allowed you to email your composer creations as not an attachment but an inline document? then many users would be tempted to simplify their lives and abandoned their word processors.
I am not saying that this should be a criteria for a 1.0 release but removing or de-emphasizing work that pushes toward making Mozilla a word processor alternative is, imho, the wrong thing to do.