Weekend Discussion

Friday March 24th, 2000

Time for another weekend discussion. The question this weekend:

What do you feel is an appropriate level of integration between a browser and an Operating System? And at the other end of the spectrum, what are your feelings about Mozilla's cross-platform approach?

#25 Re: It all depends on who programs it :)

by svn <>

Saturday March 25th, 2000 8:35 PM

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"If you can launch a browser window from xmlterm I hope it uses the system defined browser as opposed to defaulting to Mozilla or Nav6."

I agree that XMLTerm should respect the user's overall desktop preferences. In fact, the plan is that the icon mode of XMLTerm should use Gnome icons under Gnome, KDE icons under KDE, Windows icons under Windows and so on.

As for the the general topic of integration, I think integration is good, provided it doesn't interfere with freedom of choice. The XPCOM technology of Mozilla makes it fairly easy to do that. Once Chrome overlays become available, you will be able to swap components at will and even have them change the menus!

Mozilla does not depend upon extensions like Chatzilla (the IRC client) and XMLTerm. The user can choose not to download and/or use these extensions without affecting any of the core browser functionality. Most Mozilla developers at Netscape are working on these core functions at the moment, as they should be. It's mostly non-Netscapers like me who are dabbling with "non-traditional" uses of Mozilla at the moment. Again, it is about freedom of choice.