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."

#4 a step backwards in functionality?

by bamm <>

Wednesday July 31st, 2002 9:36 PM

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> Most of Navigator's looks are defined with "skins" and skin developers > have quite a bit of control over how the browser looks. Unfortunately, > this comes at the expense of the end user options. Toolbars, colors, > and icon sizes are all fixed by the skin developer. For people used to > the customization options of IE windows, it's a step backwards in > functionality.

That's not true. Skin developers can choose to make the skin use system fonts and colors. However many skinners decide to hard-code the font size and window colors into their skin, which is probably what he is against. But this is not Mozilla's fault. It's the theme authors' decision.

As a counterexample the Internet Explorer skin for Mozilla does use system colors and fonts: