A IRC discussion in #ux about whether Fennec will support the conventional browser history (for a bit of context, see the comments on Aza's blog post).
IRC log is from Aug 14, 2008:
<aza> madhava: http://www.viddler.com/explore/Azaraskin/videos/1/ <pdubroy> aza: saw your repsonse to my comment re: history in fennec. curious, did you just decide that history is not used often enough? <aza> Yep. That was my feel. <madhava> pdubroy - there is some surfacing of history, in the form of awesomebar results <aza> Also, the awesome bar is the best way of... <aza> ah, what you said. <aza> No-cost history. <madhava> but not as a separate section devoted just to looking through the timeline <pdubroy> good points <madhava> so, not so much an explicit decision to leave it out as still looking for a great reason to include it, if the "find something I've been to recently" use-case is covered by the awesomebar <pdubroy> i've been reading the studies that look at % of navigation actions that from the history, and it's *very* low, <1% <madhava> hm. yeah, that makes sense to me <madhava> though one could always argue that some of that comes from the obscure location of history in the browser <pdubroy> yeah, although i've never been convinced whether it's because people don't want to use it, or just because current implementations aren't that good <madhava> (though, clearly, I'm thinking the other way) <madhava> right <pdubroy> i think there's more to it than just the location in the browser, too <aza> I think History mainly becomes useful when you have context surrounding it (like in Wei's video) <pdubroy> yeah <wei> agree <pdubroy> i just have this gut feeling that so many things in the browser could be unified under some kind of history view -- bookmarks, downloads, even tabs <aza> I like the way you think. I have the same feeling -- that there are too many disparate ideas that we are using as crutches. <aza> We need one really good metaphor. <pdubroy> yeah