Compuserve 7 Ships with Gecko

Tuesday April 16th, 2002

Both c|net and Slashdot are reporting that Compuserve 7 has shipped, and AOL used Gecko, rather than Trident (IE), to power the layout of content. Compuserve's content is completely web-based, so AOL using Gecko as the layout engine shows their confidence in it. Check out the c|net story or if you have Compuserve, grab 7.0.

#8 Re: Gecko UI

by guanxi

Thursday April 18th, 2002 8:47 AM

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Well, a very useful answer, pplwong <g> As pplwong said, UI stands for "User Interface".

Most software, not just Mozilla, has a UI. It's the part that interacts with the user. For example, if you are using Mozilla, the UI is the menus across the top (File, Edit, etc.) the buttons, the Sidebar, the tabs etc. For good old DOS, the UI was merely some text ("c:\>").

Think of a link: The underlined blue text is the UI, the part that finds the linked webpage isn't. Someone had to sit down and design the UI: e.g. Should links look different? Bold? Look like a button? Shoud the word be the link, or should it have a superscript, footnote-like icon?

Because links, and the web in general, were so intuitively designed, everybody's grandmother can use it. Many software programs with the most powerful features have difficult UI's that most people don't have time to figure out (e.g. Unix). If the user can't figure out how to use the feature, it might as well not be there.

HTH. Personally, I think it's great that these questions are starting to appear. I also hope I haven't been trolled.