Friday February 18th, 2000
David Boswell of Alphanumerica writes in with a link to a press release from his company. Alphanumerica is the first services-oriented firm to commit in-house developers to Mozilla (one of them is Pete Collins, a regular Mozilla contributor and someone familiar to those of you who hang out in the newsgroups). They're working on lots of interesting projects like Mozilla crash recovery and new skins.
On the skins front, we have some screenshots from Alphanumerica for you. The first is a cleaned up version of a skin (let's call it a "package", because it contains behavior changes to the UI) many of you may be familiar with. The next two are examples of how that same package can be "dressed" differently with new skins. You can see them here and here. You might be thinking, "Ack! those are some wild colors!", but that was the point of the skin - to show you what *could* be done, not necessarily what should be done. Whatever you think about it, you've just gotta see it in action - animated GIF rollovers, collapsing panels, the whole nine yards. It looks great, and is quite usable. Where can you see this skin in action? Well, you're going to have to wait just a little bit longer to find that out. Stay tuned!
#8 I really like that first one
by Mike_S <MikeS@zahadum.com>
Saturday February 19th, 2000 12:42 AM
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The first one has got a nice, clean look that would fit in on both Mac OS (classic) and Windows. It's much more desirable than the out of place, but nice, blue and white look.
The only change I'd make is to do something similar to IE 4.5 on the Mac. Rather than having the two sets of sliding buttons, one on each side. I'd consolodate all of them into a single sliding bar on the left, keeping the throbber in it's normal position on the far right.
The button order should be user defineable so if the user only wants back, forward, refresh, stop and print they don't have to have buttons they don't want displayed and taking up space.
Should Mozilla/Netscape <name of the week> ship with the current B&W scheme please, somebody fix the way the blue buttons overlap into the white. It looks really tacky and is my only real complaint with the look.