Links Toolbar Landed
Wednesday October 3rd, 2001
Gervase Markham writes: "The Links Toolbar from bug 87428 has finally landed, bringing us ever-closer to full support for HTML 2.0. You'll see it in this morning's builds. The auto-show is still in development over in bug 102832. Good places to try it out are Bugzilla buglists, the W3C, htmlhelp.com and many machine-generated manuals or documents, such as the GNU Make manual."
#79 Re: Re: Re: Re: Cool, but ...
Friday October 5th, 2001 1:08 PM
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Any enhancement is going to have the chance of introducing bugs, almost by definition. It doesn't matter whether it's been developed by inside or outside contributors or how long it's been in development; often defects don't show up until something is in widespread use.
Any time you're adding things to a program, you run the risk of adding errors. Testing them and tracking and fixing the errors takes time away from working on testing and fixing other errors. I really don't think that this is a point that can be disputed by anyone who has ever been seriously involved in software development.
Now in this particular case, the potential liability may well be outweighed by the potential benefits; it may have been tested well enough and have a high enough payoff. But that's not the point - the point is that the general tendency has too often been towards adding "features" rather than fixing "errors," and as far as that goes Strauss is right on the money. I have had some disputes with him about how the bug counts should be interpreted - I'm afraid that he's often too simplistic about them - but if you don't call a halt to "features" at some point and work on fixing things that are broken, you will never reach closure on a solid product. And in the end, isn't that what everyone wants?