Posted Sep 22, 2004 in Browsers.
Now that I've had time to get used to the Preview Release of Firefox 1.0, I have changed what I think about the browser, and about how I think it should develop in the future.
By any measure, Firefox is a great web browser. It is now fast, stable, and intuitive. I think it is cool that something that is obviously supposed to be a no-frills browser, can still give a rich, user-friendly browsing experience. Because of this, I feel that what I said about the loss of the stylesheet switcher was probably wrong.
Firefox must be a pure browser. Stylesheet switchers, feed readers, and other such things should be extensions, rather than part of the main release. I think that the Firefox development team should have a browser that only does what the browser is meant to do - be the best browser in the world. Besides that, they should have a number of “official” extensions available that, when taken together, provide the full featureset of the Mozilla Navigator in a Firefox-friendly way. The stylesheet switcher should be one of those (and it worked just fine before!) extensions, along with the feed reader. The rest of the extensions can remain as third-party extensions - most of which are geeky add-ons that won't be taken up by the mainstream.
One more thing. The default theme is still awful. In trying to fit in with various operating system themes, it has managed to work with none of them.