Three Monkeys, Three Typewriters, Two Days

March 17, 2004

Firefox, again (modulo name)

Today I tried Firefox again (for the first time since the 0.7 days). It took me a minute or so to locate the download link on the firefox page. I guess I automatically ignore all sidebars on websites nowadays, since 99% of the time they just contain garbage.

Much progress has occurred. DOM inspector actually works. The toolbar customization dialog no longer thinks it knows better than I where it should be located. I ran into my first polish bug in about 45 seconds (since checking the functioning of the JS console was one of the first things I did), but other than that minor snag the JS console and View Source window worked just fine.

The preferences dialog was, and still is, quite excellent. Much more friendly than SeaMonkey's, with not much less in the way of features. The inability to add types in the helper app section is a bit bothersome, but I understand the reasoning, and may get used to it (though so far it has led to a few more bugs getting filed, as I was testing adding a type). The dropdown for choosing where to save files by default is a nice touch, though I can't figure out where it thinks "My Downloads" is...

No more time to play right now, but when I get back I should give this thing a nice long spin. It looks like I could get through a day of browsing with it now (what with DOM inspector finally existing), so I should be able to really try it out.

First step at that point will be to find a less anemic theme. Something more like Modern.

Posted by bzbarsky at March 17, 2004 4:41 PM