Comparatively Speaking...

Monday July 1st, 2002

Linux Online recently compared the major Linux browsers, including the Mozilla-based trio of Mozilla 1.0, Netscape 6.2 and Galeon. Reviewer Michael J Jordan praises Mozilla's stability, tabbed browsing, rendering and customisation.

As mentioned by fondacio on our forums, the International Herald and Tribune took a look at Mozilla, Opera and NeoPlanet (note that the site doesn't seem to work in some builds of Mozilla). Reviewer Lee Dembart says that "Mozilla is impressive and has it all over Opera." He especially likes the ability to block pop-ups, tabbed browsing and pipelining.

UPDATE! tuxracer writes: "I've put up a browser comparison list, comparing various features that affect usability and W3C standards compliance. It compares Mozilla 1.0, Netcaptor 7.01, Internet Explorer 6.0 (Windows), and Internet Explorer 5.x (Mac)."

#67 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: tuxracer's comparison

by jsebrech

Sunday July 7th, 2002 12:10 PM

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Sorry that I butted in :) It's a habit I can't seem to kick.

About right-clicking favourites. I'm sure that there would be a rash of weblog ranting by mpt and various other mozilla developers if anyone dared adding the feature you want. However, I'm also not surprised that there are people who like behaviour like that. My question to you is: do you like it because you've learned to use it, or do you like it because it's good behaviour? Anyway, this is all food for UI designers, and it's way out of my league.

For the ctrl+enter trick, to take your ebay example to mozilla... When I type "" it takes me to the ebay website. Entering it once puts it in the autocompletion history. Now, whenever I type "ebay", the browser will add the ".com" for me. I just tested this to make sure this actually works. No ctrl necessary. A plain enter will do. But, ok, suppose you have a website that requires the www in front every time (I don't think autocompletion adds this), due to being misconfigured. If you visit it often, what do you do? You add it as a bookmark, and give it as a keyword whatever shorthand name you want. Short, simple, and again a simple enter will do to visit it, no ctrl necessary. This is why I think the "feature" you mention isn't really useful from the mozilla point of view.

Now, for sites you visit once, this may be a win. But honestly, I can't say I actually do that often. Most people have a fixed number of sites they visit often, and autocompletion and keywords are imho a much better solution for those. (Although for my daily sites bookmark groups serve me best)