Tuesday January 8th, 2002
A few of you have asked for us to post a news item taking your suggestions for the site, so here it is. Tell us all your ideas for what we can do to improve the site. Anything you want we'll think about, but try to keep it realistic.
Just to keep you updated, one of the things we're planning on working on is getting the ChromeZone up again, if we can find some volunteer editors to help organize themes. If you're interested, please email me and I'll get back to you sometime this week.
UPDATE! Right now we're working on dumping all the tables and other old HTML within the site to both show off Mozilla's skills, and to get our file sizes smaller. If you're using Communicator to view the site, you'll notice everything looking pretty ugly, thanks to the poor CSS support it offers. If you're using IE, it'll look a bit better, but thanks to IE's lacking CSS2 support, the sidebar will show up incorrectly. We've completely redone the homepage and talkback code, and we'll be working on the forums next.
UPDATE 2! We discovered Google's great "Search Site" feature, and have added it. Right now it has most areas of the site indexed except news item talkback pages. It will start indexing talkback today, and will hopefully add all of the old items, in addition to picking up the new ones.
UPDATE 3! We've been working hard to get as many of your suggestions as possible implemented, and we encourage you to continue the feedback. You can check this article's responses for what items we have fixed, or are working on.
As I mentioned, Jason has told me he plans to provide a simple alternative for these non-compliant browsers. This should allow them to read the site but allow mz to alleviate some of its bandwidth problems.
You can be sick and tired of the percentage argument, but Jason has to pay the bills. A large reduction in page size will result in a large reduction in bandwidth requirements which will result in a greater possibility of mozillazine being able to 1) survive and 2) provide new features (like the new forums).
From my understanding of the situation, the need to switch to CSS has essentially become an economic decision - not a political one. Mozillazine has (for the past two years) provided a very simple, clean site. And I imagine that Jason can, within the limits of the CSS of Netscape 4.x and IE, provide a simple, clean alternative for our 10% of our readers who still cling to the past.