MozillaZine on Skins
Tuesday April 11th, 2000
I have decided to put my own head on the chopping block and weigh in on the Mozilla skins and native widgets debate. To read more, click "Full Article" below.
#10 Re: kill the superfluous crap
by briansmith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tuesday April 11th, 2000 9:37 PM
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pbreit's posting was right on. I think they could have saved a lot of trouble by borrowing Swing's UI for a uniform, cross-platform solution, especially if the Blackwood/Pluglet project succeeds. I think a a big part of the widget architecture will have to be redesigned so that different widget sets (or at least native) can be plugged in if AOL really wants this to be an embeddable component.
(speculation follows) It's important to remember who manages and controls the project: AOL. As long as nearly the entire team is on its payroll, AOL will be making the major decisions. Millions of AOL users see a proprietary non-native-widget UI every time they sign on, so AOL probably expects people to just get used to it. The project is not just about Mozilla or even Mozilla and Navigator. I think it is likely that the entire mozilla.org team is also (perhaps unknowingling) creating the next-generation UI for AOL Anywhere. I could see the AOL 6.0/7.0 client using gecko/XUL/etc. for it's proprietary content while using MS Internet Explorer to do "real" web rendering. I wonder if there will be an open-source "please help us embed IE into Gecko" project?