Tree Closes for Mozilla 0.9.6
Wednesday November 7th, 2001
mozilla.org today closed the tree in preparation for the branching of the 0.9.6 Milestone later this week. As usual, firstname.lastname@example.org will work towards a Friday branch and a release on the following Friday. Check-ins to the tree will be moderated by the Drivers until the branch happens.
#97 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: OT: Mozilla Logo
Saturday November 10th, 2001 12:45 PM
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You make a great point! Your line about all the jargon used on Mozilla site reflects what I first felt when I visited the mozilla.org site: "What are all these technical terms? How about a gentle introduction to what Mozilla is and why I should be interested in it?"
As far as a site providing a gentle introduction to Mozilla: try Newzilla: <http://www.gerbilbox.com/newzilla/> . The author of Newzilla has done a great job in presenting loads of information in a visually pleasing and technically clear and understandable way. As mozilla.org is redesigning its webpage, it should consider creating a gentle introduction to beginners, which should be posted prominently on its webpage. Additionally, it should improve its glossary of mozilla jargon, and make that easily available. Additionally, make the documentation on the website easily available and searchable (Atomz, for the search engine, maybe? <http://www.atomz.com> ).
About the issue of a "best viewed with Mozilla" button: I think this issue is related to the issue of Mozilla evangelism. Even if you don't have a "Best viewed with Mozilla" button, you could still have one of the following buttons, (designed to spread the popularity of Mozilla, without arguing for browser-specific pages): "Mozilla is cool" or "Run with the lizard - Get Mozilla" or "Championing web standards: Can you Gecko?" or "WoahZilla! - Mozilla is fast, stable and cool! - Get it now!". My point is: There are so many people who are working hard on and believe in Mozilla - and if they want to ensure its success, they have to help spread its popularity. Mozilla needs some coherent identity, which can be popularized accross various media. Another related issue is: the start-up logo on some older mozilla builds was not very impressive. I have not checked recent builds, so maybe that has improved. To make my point clearer: Netscape's branded version of Mozilla is all coolness and polish: what about a similarly polished look for Mozilla?
Some words of praise to all those people working hard on Mozilla: great work, guys and gals! It's hard making good software, and even harder co-ordinating a large group of developers on a project as large and ambitious as this. I have been impressed with word of new features gleaned from newsgroup postings, such as print preview(My first reaction: "Print Preview in Mozilla: OMG!!!"), tabs and icons. now the only features I am left wondering about are: saving images along with locally-saved webpages, the "publishing" (ftp) feature, improved usability (make checking and sending email easier) and stability in Mail. Once all that is accomplished: hey, I'd call it a 1.0 browser!
Get back to the original topic of this post: If any of you have ideas on buttons/logos which could be part of a Mozilla evangelism campaign, please let me know.