Andkon Proposes New Design for Mozilla Foundation Front Page
Tuesday July 27th, 2004
Sometime Mozilla antagonist Andras "andkon" Konya has written an essay on how the Mozilla Foundation can attract new users by improving its website. Andkon takes a critical look at the current mozilla.org front page and the main Mozilla Firefox page before presenting an alternative front page design that he believes will cater better to the needs of end users.
Sunday August 1st, 2004 3:41 AM
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But wasn't that the purpose of Mozilla to be fully standards-compliant? I think that the hidden document.all feature is already overkill, in which case I'm hoping that it will be gradually phased out once more pages move over to standards-compliant scripting, for example.
Apparently, it's not very easy to tell how Mozilla Firefox is better than Internet Explorer without explicitly saying that "Mozilla Firefox is better than Internet Explorer." And the latter slogan is moot, because if stupid users download Mozilla Firefox and a site doesn't work with it, then they could become disillusioned of the fact that it was touted as "better than Internet Explorer" and go back to Internet Explorer.
It looks like many 'simpel' (sp. intentional) users want to use only one browser, as they are usually aware of Internet Explorer only. And I remember one senior-aged acquaintance saying that "I want my Hotmail!"
Also, claiming that Mozilla Firefox is better just doesn't work on him and people like him if they see that some site (which is usually geared towards Internet Explorer's functionality) that they use doesn't function in it because of incompetent site developers.
Web sites such as Disney's <http://www.disney.com> redirect the K-Meleon 0.8.2 (Mozilla/Gecko 1.5) browser to its "Experience the magic with the latest browser and flash plug-in!" page only because there is no Flash plug-in in use (old computer, so I removed the flash plug-in), but the browser in fact is "latest" enough to view pages without having to use the Flash plugin anyway, while the "upgrade" page implies that there is still something wrong with the browser itself and not with the lack of the latest Flash plug-in — even if the "Software Detect" section here <http://disney.go.com/home/html/index.html> in its main body content finally reveals that a plugin is missing.