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1.7     ! david       1: <h1>Let a Hundred Browsers Bloom</h1>
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        !             3: <p>...
1.1       david       4: 
1.7     ! david       5: <h2>Who is the Target Audience?</h2>
1.2       david       6: 
1.7     ! david       7: <ul>
        !             8: <li>aol users for netscape 7?
        !             9: <li>power users for the mozilla developers
        !            10: <li>no one browser can fit...
        !            11: </ul>
1.1       david      12: 
1.7     ! david      13: <h2>Gecko Based Browsers</h2>
1.1       david      14: 
1.7     ! david      15: <pre>
        !            16: Chimera                 http://chimera.mozdev.org
        !            17: Galeon                  http://galeon.sourceforge.net 
        !            18: K-Meleon                http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net
        !            19: SkipStone               http://www.muhri.net/skipstone
        !            20: Q.Bati                  http://qbati2.sourceforge.net
        !            21: </pre>
1.1       david      22: 
1.7     ! david      23: <h2>XUL Based Browsers</h2>
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        !            25: <pre>
        !            26: Aphrodite               http://aphrodite.mozdev.org
        !            27:        include aphrodite themes
        !            28: skyline                 http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=154414
        !            29: m/b                     http://www.blakeross.com/images/mb (screenshot)   
        !            30:         phoenix                 http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=161041
        !            31:         project piglet          http://mb.mozdev.org
        !            32: </pre>
1.5       david      33: 
1.7     ! david      34: <h2>Conclusion</h2>
1.5       david      35: 
1.7     ! david      36: <pre>
        !            37:        - links to other browsers
        !            38:        - minotaur reference???
        !            39:        - let 100 browsers bloom
        !            40: </pre>
1.5       david      41: 
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1.5       david      43: 
1.7     ! david      44: <pre>
        !            45: notes
1.5       david      46: 
                     47: others
                     48: 
                     49: Beonex Communicator    http://beonex.com/communicator/
                     50: BrowserG!              http://browserg.mozdev.org
                     51: Dino                   http://dino.mozdev.org
1.6       david      52: more                   http://www.mozdev.org/categories/browsers.html
                     53: 
                     54: 
                     55: 
                     56: 
                     57: aol and compuserve clients     gecko based or mozilla based?
                     58: 
                     59: 
                     60: minotaur  - alternative mail client
                     61:        phoenix reference on the page
                     62:        http://www.mozilla.org/mailnews/minotaur/
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                     64: 
1.3       david      65: 
                     66: http://www.deftone.com/blogzilla/archives/some_major_mozilla_ui_changes.html#comments
                     67: 
                     68: Lot's of changes are under way for the Mozilla browser
                     69: 
                     70: 
                     71: - The "Skyline" project, which is a version of Mozilla is being worked on internally at Netscape, "is a short-term project to build a working 
                     72: prototype of a new web client that provides for the daily needs of novice-intermediate users, is fun to use, and really shines in a broadband 
                     73: environment"
                     74: 
                     75: - Project "Phoenix", "...a redesign of the Mozilla browser component, similar to Galeon, K-Meleon and Chimera, but written using the XUL user 
                     76: interface language and designed to be cross-platform" (via mpt's site)
                     77: 
                     78: - The mozilla/browser project, mentioned a while ago on this site has resurfaced on mozdev. There are some screenshots, but the installable 
                     79: XPI is not working, yet.
                     80: 
1.2       david      81: </pre>
1.4       david      82: 
                     83: 
                     84: http://www.mozillazine.org/weblogs/asa/2002_08_01_asadot_archive.html#80090450
                     85: http://www.blakeross.com/archives/2002_08_11_index.html#80310485
                     86: http://www.deftone.com/blogzilla/archives/some_major_mozilla_ui_changes.html
                     87: http://www.mozilla.org/mailnews/minotaur/index.html (stand-alone mail client)
1.6       david      88: 
                     89: 
                     90: 
                     91: http://www.mozillazine.org/weblogs/hyatt/2002_04_07_mozillian_archive.html#75279564
                     92: http://www.mozillazine.org/weblogs/hyatt/2002_04_07_mozillian_archive.html#75307435
1.7     ! david      93: 
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        !            96: 
        !            97: reasons for creating alternate browsers
        !            98: 
        !            99: from http://www.mozillazine.org/weblogs/hyatt/2002_04_07_mozillian_archive.html#75307435
        !           100: 
        !           101: In some cases features that are of more obvious benefit to one app end up affecting the design of all the apps. For example, profiles are of far 
        !           102: more use to mail than they are to a browser. Are profiles even really necessary if you were designing just a browser? In this era of Windows XP and 
        !           103: Mac OS X, both of which have fast friendly user switching, I'd claim that they aren't.
        !           104: 
        !           105: Another example of horrid user interface is the Mozilla Preferences dialog. Again, all prefs are shoved down into the hierarchy by an extra level, 
        !           106: because the top level must necessarily be given over to individual application branches. User interface that logically belonged in preferences has 
        !           107: been torn out because it would have ended up too buried to be useful, e.g., the Mail/News account settings.
        !           108: 
        !           109: from http://www.mozillazine.org/weblogs/hyatt/2002_04_07_mozillian_archive.html#75279564
        !           110: 
        !           111: The end result of these colliding forces is Mozilla 1.0, a lumbering beast of an application suite that boasts a bewildering array of features
        !           112: supplied by contributors whose respective agendas are inevitably at odds.  What's even worse is that none of the warring factions is happy with the
        !           113: end result. Mozilla ends up with geek features like the Links Toolbar that make Netscape unhappy, and Mozilla ends up with a lousy toolbar design
        !           114: in order to keep Netscape happy. [...] You'll never see eye-to-eye, because you're not trying to produce the same browser.
        !           115: 
        !           116: The only real solution I see to this problem is for Mozilla to escape the one-browser mold. After Mozilla 1.0, Mozilla.org should relinquish
        !           117: control of its flagship application to Netscape and strike out on its own with new browser projects that are truly innovative. Let one group of
        !           118: people try to design the power user's dream browser, while another works on a simpler elegant user experience.
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        !           121: 
        !           122: ch1 sidebar
        !           123: 
        !           124: Let a Hundred Browsers Bloom
        !           125: 
        !           126: Because Mozilla can be used to create any sort of application, there's no reason why it can't be used to create different types of browsers. 
        !           127: Several projects are currently under development independently from the work being done on the default Mozilla browser. This variety is a huge 
        !           128: asset because the Mozilla community doesn't have to try to create one browser that is all things to all people.
        !           129: 
        !           130: A few of these projects are working on improving the basic Mozilla browser interface. One of the first Mozilla applications, Aphrodite 
        !           131: (http://aphrodite.mozdev.org), has an interface designed and created by members of the Mozilla community. Another project called m/b (short for 
        !           132: mozilla/browser) addresses shortcomings that some people see with the default browser interface. In many ways, these projects are similar to 
        !           133: themes, but they take this idea one step further and use XUL, CSS, and JavaScript to change the layout of the browser interface and not just the 
        !           134: look of the browser.
        !           135: 
        !           136: Additional projects are creating different types of alternative browsers, but instead of using Mozilla itself to create the application they use 
        !           137: the native user interface toolkits for different platforms. These projects create stripped-down browsers that use just Gecko, Mozilla's layout 
        !           138: engine. Because these projects use platform-specific code they work only on a specific operating system. Some examples include Chimera 
        !           139: (http://chimera.mozdev.org) for Mac OS X, Galeon (http://galeon.sourceforge.net) for Unix, and K-Meleon (http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net) for 
        !           140: Windows.
        !           141: 
        !           142: These projects are just a few examples of the different available browsers. Others include Dino!, Beonex, SkipStone, and BrowserG!. If you are 
        !           143: interested in learning more about any of these browsers, links to many of them can be found at http://www.mozdev.org/categories/browsers.html. If 
        !           144: you think of a type of browser that is needed but that is not being developed right now, use Mozilla to create your own browser.
        !           145: 
        !           146: </pre>

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