Suck on Skins
Tuesday April 11th, 2000
TheUIGuy wrote in about a Suck.com article that talks about Mozilla/Netscape 6 and it's skinnability. It takes a very negative view on what we feel is a very positive technology.
Skins allow the user to pick their interface. Packages allow them to extend it. This customization allows anyone to choose how they browse the Web, manage mail, or use any of Mozilla's other applications. The author of the Suck piece, Greg Knauss, seems to feel that choice is bad, because there is the possibility for poorly designed or useless skins. That comes close to saying, "there could be ugly pages on the Web, so shut it down."
Greg also states, "by adding in all the flexibility of XUL, the Mozilla programmers have removed our ability to make the application use the native controls of the operating system." This shows a fundamental misunderstanding of Open Source. The direction Mozilla is taking doesn't prevent anyone from doing anything. The capability to do exactly what Greg wants is right there, in the code sitting on the CVS server, and in the mind and will of someone who needs something done differently. Mozilla might not be doing what you want, but that does not mean that you are prevented from doing it yourself.
(FYI, there are projects for Windows and Linux -- and nothing preventing a Mac project -- for embedding the HTML renderer into a native wrapper application.)
#1 Once again, the misinformed are in the pulpit...
Tuesday April 11th, 2000 7:23 PM
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This never ceases to aggrivate me. They take a very poor understanding of a concept, somehow manage to completely prevent any thought about the subject (what the hell does he think the word EXTENSIBLE means, anyway!?), and then go off and yap and spread their misinformation to more uninformed masses, transforming then into more MISinformed morons...
And Maximum Linux almost did it with their new issue. They talked about the lack of browsers for Linux, trashed the Netscape browser, and made no mention of Mozilla until the third page, which is squeezed under another article, and easy to miss. I think Mozilla is really getting a raw deal. the big sites (like ZDNet and such) just gloss over thewhole project...