'PC World' Looks at Mozilla Firefox 0.8
Thursday April 1st, 2004
The May 2004 issue of PC World features a short article about Mozilla Firefox 0.8. Reviewer Tom Spring likes the new download manager and the range of extensions available but concludes that the browser "remains too geeky for nontechies" — he said it took him half an hour to master toolbar customisation.
#38 aiming for perfection.
Friday April 2nd, 2004 6:21 PM
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I've grown to live with imperfections in software. Firefox is better than IE, so most people will accept its imperfections.
One imperfections I noticed immediately in Phoenix 0.5 is that the customize widget takes a while to appear. When I figured it out, my first reaction was "cool", but every time I customized it, I said, "they really need to fix that".
Let's learn from IE.
IE divides its dialouge into two categories:
Toolbar buttons [Add] [Remove] | Avaliable Buttons [Add] [Remove]
All Microsoft software uses this structure.
Firefox is more customizable than that.. but it presents a pile of buttons--the parts of a kitchen sink, unassembled.
It is powerful. But if we used an "XP" categorization, like in "My Computer", we could effectively combine the Microsoft way and our way.
==Toolbar buttons== ==additional toolbars== (the word "extension" should never appear. It requires reading Firefox prophaghanda to define.)
Spacing should be handled via grippies. Adding spacing makes no sense to the average user.