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'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.

by smkatz

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.

--Sam