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?
Where do you draw the line? First off, I'm all in favor of native OS scrollbars, at least in the outside window of the browser..
But let's say the web standards call for super-wide (or super-narrow) scrollbars (I don't know if they do, just saying what-if) or scrollbars with semi-transparency or with a colored background or whatever...
This is stuff that the native scrollbars don't do. To support the specs and maintain control over them xplatform, they included the widget stuff in Mozilla itself.
As some of the developers have said, the alternative to doing this would have been to have NO browser support for mac or linux. I guess it was a resource thing-- to integrate all the different types of OS's and widgets and keep them up-to-date would have been unfeasable with the manpower they had.
Still, you can do lookalike widgets if you want, thanks to XBL, so hopefully all the native widgets will be invisibly recreated fore ach platform.. I think we'll see this happen pretty fast after teh beta phase begins.