Thursday November 11th, 1999
A new book, "Netscape Mozilla Soure Code Guide" by William Stanek, is available now at Amazon.com. In the author's words, the book contains "hundreds of useful 'from the source' listings that demonstrate key programming concepts." If you pick it up, we'd love to hear what you have to say about it.
Also, some of you may have seen the new Netcenter designs. They don't show up all the time, so you may need to reload Netcenter a number of times to see them. They also bear a striking resemblance to the current Mozilla skin. Each new design has a link to a survey where you can give Netscape your opinions on the design.
Thanks to the many readers who submitted these news items...
#33 Well, that's a damn shame
Tuesday November 16th, 1999 6:58 AM
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I really don't like the new Netcenter design.
Sure, it has some good points. It makes better use of Netscape's blue/green color scheme. It doesn't look as boringly rectangular as the old Netcenter does. And the links to various sections aren't *quite* as full of forwarding-tracking crap as they used to be.
But the layout is a complete mess. There's no logical arrangement to the various components (although design C <http://netscape.com/index_c.html> is slightly better than the others in this regard). The designers are obviously confident of both their bandwidth and our patience -- the new home page consists has 11 graphics, as opposed to the old site <http://home.netscape.com/> , which -- like Yahoo <http://www.yahoo.com/> -- has only three.
The designers show arrogance, assuming that everyone has their browser window set to at least 800*600 (it scrolls if you make it smaller), and ignorance, in that they don't seem to know how to use the <UL> tag.
And for a company building a browser which prides itself on standards compliance, it's ironic that the suggested design contains no fewer than 87 HTML errors. <http://htmlhelp.com/cgi-b…tscape.com%2Findex_c.html>
But that's not the main reason I don't like the new design of Netcenter. The main reason I don't like it is that it signals that the new Mozilla chrome is going to be the default chrome for Netscape Communicator.
And despite its kewlness factor, I just *know* the usability problems with the Mozilla skin are going to cost Communicator -- and therefore Mozilla -- market share.
And when that happens, Mozilla will suffer.