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2002-12-08  Marco Pesenti Gritti  <>

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Epiphany is a GNOME web browser based on the mozilla 
rendering engine.
The name meaning:
"An intuitive grasp of reality through 
something (as an event) usually simple and striking"


A web browser is more than an application, it is a way of thinking, it is
a way of seeing the world. Epiphany's principles are simplicity and standards


While Mozilla has an excellent rendering engine, its default
XUL-based interface is considered to be overcrowded and bloated.  Furthermore,
on slower processors even trivial tasks such as pulling down a menu is less
than responsive.

Epiphany aims to utilize the simplest interface possible for a browser.  Keep
in mind that simple does not necessarily mean less powerful.  We believe
the commonly used browsers of today are too big, buggy, and bloated. Epiphany
addresses simplicity with a small browser designed for the web -- not mail,
newsgroups, file management, instant messenging or coffee making.  The UNIX
philosophy is to design small tools that do one thing, and do it well.

Epiphany also address simplicity with modularity to make a light and powerful
application.  If something can be implemented using external applications
or components, we use it rather than wasting resources in the web browser.
Integration will be achived with CORBA, Bonobo, and the ever popular
command line.  

Mail will be handled with your favorite e-mail application (Evolution, pine,
mutt, balsa, pronto, whatever).

Standards compliance:

The introduction of non-standard features in browsers could make it difficult
or impossible to use alternative products like Epiphany if developers embrace
them.  Alternative (standards complying) browsers could not be able to
fully access web sites making use of these features.  The success of
non-standard features can ultimately lead to forcing one browser, on
one platform to dominate the market.

Standards compliance ensures the freedom of choice.  Epiphany aims to achieve


- HIG compliance

Epiphany is going to follow version 1.0 of the gnome 
user guidelines. Unless there are very seriuos reasons to make an 
exception not following it will be considered a bug. 
"I follow the HIG only when I like it" is not a legitimate approach. 
Any areas where we diverge from the HIG will communicated 
to the HIG team for future consideration.

- Gnome integration

Epiphany's main goal is to be integrated with the gnome desktop. 
We dont aim to make epiphany usable outside Gnome. If someone will like 
to use it anyway, it's just a plus. Ex: Making people happy that 
don't have control center installed is not a good reason 
to have mime configuration in epiphany itself.

- Simple design

Feature bloat and user interface clutter is evil :)

- Preferences

We will follow the new gnome policy about preferences. 
I think Havoc Pennington already explained it a lot 
better than I could ever do.

- User target

We target non-technical users by design. 
This happens to be 90% of the user population.
(Technical details should not exposed in the interface)
We target web users, we dont directly target web developers.
A few geek-oriented feautures can be kept as 
long as they are non-obtrusive.


You will need a complete installation of Gnome 2.2 desktop.
Mozilla API is not stable. I'll be keeping in sync epiphany cvs
head with mozilla cvs head.
The required mozilla version will be specified in the 
release notes.


You can report new bugs on
Feel free to send patches.

About new feautures I'll just quote Metacity FAQ.

Q: Will you add my feature?

A: If it makes sense to turn on unconditionally,
   or is genuinely a harmless preference that I would not
   be embarrassed to put in a simple, uncluttered, user-friendly
   configuration dialog.

   If the only rationale for your feature is that other 
   [browsers] have it, or that you are personally used to it, or something
   like that, then I will not be impressed. [Epiphany] is firmly in the
   "choose good defaults" camp rather than the "offer 6 equally broken
   ways to do it, and let the user pick one" camp.

   Don't let this discourage patches and fixes - I love those. ;-)
   Just be prepared to hear the above objections if your patch
   adds some crack-ridden configuration option.


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