Mozilla designer suggests Windows ‘browser ballot’ is preferential to Apple

by admin October 16, 2009 at 5:44 pm

In a blog post yesterday first noticed by Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer, a member of Mozilla’s user experience team — stating she was not writing on behalf of Mozilla, as the organization allows — suggested that Microsoft’s revised proposal for a Web browser selection screen for European Windows users still isn’t fair enough to the browser market.

Because more computer users are accustomed to the typical ways to install software, states Mozilla UX team member Jenny Boriss, they may assume that the first choice that appears in a list is the preferred choice. In Microsoft’s original proposal, Internet Explorer 8 appeared in the leftmost column. But in the company’s more neutral alternative as proposed last March, it placed browsers in columns sorted in alphabetical order by their manufacturer. As a result, Apple Safari fell first.

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