Problem: How do we continue to add new features and menu items without making the menus themselves obnoxious for new users? Proposed Answer: I think that Netscape/Mozilla should take a cue from ICQ and have an option for an "Advanced" menu/interface mode. The "Simple" mode would be the default and would be streamlined for new users who don't know what some of the more advanced features are useful for and don't want their interface cluttered up with these confusing "Advanced" features. The first menu items I'd axe for "Simple" mode would be View-->Use Stylesheet. JR
I wanted to note that when I was a newbie back in 1998, I first used Netscape 4.5 and was completely boggled by all of the menu choices. I switched to IE since it was the default until I found Mozilla, and then started following the M$ trial, and started using Win98. Eventually I went back to Netscape for personal reasons, but I can still remember just ogling all the menu choices as a new user and cringing.
->uid, really a dup of bug 40858 which doesn't seem to have been actually considered
uid is being phased out.
I think we should consider something a bit more flexible. In addition to a minimal Simple default, and a full-featured Advanced option, it would be good to allow a custom setting. The basic idea is that users could enter a menu editing mode, wherein they could see all of the commands available in the advanced set, and choose to make any of them available in one or more custom sets. In this way, users could create their own working set of commands tailored to their particular needs. There was some research on this technique presented at the last SIGCHI, showing significant productivity gains for non-advanced users. Such a feature could also help to settle contention about how features are exposed in the UI.
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