New Screenshots Posted...
Friday October 1st, 1999
So, I finally got off my duff, and went to work on the screenShots page. All the pictures are from TODAYS (!) build. So, if you are wary of running Mozilla (you shouldn't be, but who knows) check out the updated page. It has all sorts of new features, like pictures of the DOM Viewer, the Cookie Manager, and a shot of a view-source feature that people have wanted since the first version. Be sure to check it out!
#4 XUL competition?
Friday October 1st, 1999 11:18 PM
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It shames me to admit this, but I don't have the luxury of my own computer on which I can follow Mozilla's progress and submit bugs etc.
But as I have followed the progress at arms' length over the past year, one thing I have been worried about is that there are dozens of programmers working on Mozilla, and no HCI experts. (I might be wrong -- Netscape might be employing some behind the scenes. But I haven't seen them mentioned anywhere.) And as a general rule, programmers suck at designing user interfaces, because (a) they're not trained in it and (b) they know the program too well to see how unintuitive it is.
These screenshots don't make me feel any better, as I see a number of glaring usability errors: some basic UI problems, some problems which are the result of introducing XPFE widgets (but which could be fixed, given a little effort), and some faults carried over from Communicator 4.x.
Some of these problems would need to be submitted as bugs, by someone who has Mozilla in front of them and who can vouch for its behaviour better than I can. (For example, I bet the XPFE scrollbars on MacOS 8.x don't intelligently follow the user's Smart Scrolling preference, about whether both arrow buttons are at the same end or opposite ends of the scrollbar.)
But what would fix a lot of these problems, I think, is a XUL competition where anyone can submit their improvements to the Mozilla interface, and the winner(s) get their changes incorporated into Communicator 5.0.
Now *that* would be cool.
PS: Three cheers to Chris for FINALLY getting round to updating the screenshots section ... :-)