Posted Sep 16, 2004 in Browsers.
This morning, I downloaded the latest version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser. Version 1.0PR (for Preview Release) appears to run more smoothly than the previous version I was running (0.92). A new button has appeared in the bottom right-hand corner called “RSS”, which allows you to subscribe to snydication feeds if they are available. Also, the bookmark icons appear to work a little better than they did before. Despite the generally positive feeling I have for this release, I have three major complaints already:
- The CSS style switcher, ingeniously positioned in the lower left-hand corner of the status bar, has disappeared.
- Many of my extensions and themes no longer work - I am now stuck with the dreadful default theme, instead of my preferred theme Qute.
- The “RSS” button is a poor choice, since “RSS” is Dave Winer's inconsistent little puppy. I would prefer “Feed” or “Subscribe” in colors consistent with the theme. “XML” would also be inappropriate, by the way.
On the positive side, Firefox was easier to install than ever before, and all my bookmarks migrated over nicely. I hope this browser will remain on the forefront of browser convenience and technology, and I will continue to recommend it to all of my friends and colleagues.