New Skin and Another Big Change!
Tuesday October 26th, 1999
The new skin is in the 10-26 builds. Visit our builds page to get the latest. I find myself not minding the whitespace around the sidebar's border as much as I expected I would. However, there is one issue that troubles me. When you move the sidebar's "splitter", instead of moving a "ghost" of the splitter, you move the splitter itself. the problem is that if you're expanding the sidebar, the splitter disengages from the top and bottom border of the sidebar, leaving a white gap. If you shrink the width of the sidebar, the splitter moves past the right edge of the top and bottom borders of the sidebar, and the effect is just as bad. The answer would be to either 1) expand and contract the sidebar in realtime as the splitter is moved (probably slow), or 2) manipulate a "ghost" of the splitter during resize, and when the mouse button is released, move the actual splitter and resize the sidebar.
The second bit of news is that they've made more changes to the "incremental reflow" of the rendering engine. Now, the page will start rendering content even before reaching closing tags. This means a dramatic decrease in the time taken to get content displayed, and it's a great benefit when loading pages with long lists of data. But I find the content shifting disconcerting (check out mozilla.org, mozillazine.org and slashdot.org for examples if you have a 56k connection or slower), and the decrease in scrollbar responsiveness is vexing. Hopefully that will be working on these issues in the coming weeks leading up to the beta.
#20 Ad Model
Wednesday October 27th, 1999 5:53 AM
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banner ads will bite the dust eventually anyway. there's just no way the current system will sustain itself long term. I think you are being overly alarmist here.
I also think it is a good idea to load images with off site origins last. They are likely to be the largest images on the page and people shouldn't be held hostage to problems connecting to other servers before they can read the content they came for.
That said, showing text before graphics would alleviate the need for this quite a bit.