Ars Technica Review of Mozilla 1.0

Wednesday July 31st, 2002

No fewer than six people wrote in to tell us about Ars Technica's in-depth review of Mozilla 1.0. As well as rating the Windows version of Mozilla, the article also examines the success of the Mozilla project as a whole. When looking at the product, Gecko was highly praised but Navigator and Mail & Newsgroups came in for criticism. However, the review is much more positive about the Mozilla project, declaring it as "nothing less than a resounding success."

#13 When oh when will Mozillas UI get better?

by joedirt

Thursday August 1st, 2002 9:30 AM

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Good review. Mozilla's good but the UI suffers, and this review pegs it's major problem right on.

"Unfortunately, the new features are overshadowed by Navigator's problems in the more basic areas, such as the user interface"

"A good UI is functional, adaptable and transparent. Navigator is reasonably functional, completely inflexible, and sticks out like a sore thumb."

"For people used to the customization options of IE windows, it's a step backwards in functionality. For people who need better accessibility tools, it's a disaster."

"As it stands right now, the browser isn't up to par with the rendering engine, which isn't surprising given that the Mozilla developers spent the majority of their time on Gecko and the browser itself suffered as a result."

"The problem is Navigator and the add-ons. Navigator is certainly usable, and admittedly it does have some interesting bells and whistles, but its non-standard, inflexible interface drags its rating down to a 6"

Hopefully this will grab some of the developers attention, though I highly doubt it.