Full Article Attached 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.

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by tjspiel

Wednesday April 12th, 2000 3:50 PM

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I like the idea of skins, but Netscape 6 needs to ship with "native" skins for each platform or at least for Windows and Macs. Linux users are used to having, um...variety. Mozilla is not Netscape and maybe the same requirement doesn't apply.

If a user is sophisticated enough that they want to customize the appearance of their browser, that's OK by me. But I think what many people are forgetting is that computers are EXTREMELY confusing to a great many people. The negative reactions so far have been from early adopters, - people who are good at using computers. I'd expect even worse reactions from those who are not so good.

Part of the reason that the Mac caught on in the first place is that Apple really tried to enforce consistancy among applications. We shouldn't forget this. I still get beat up by my users when the screens for applications we create don't always work/look the same way.

Someone suggested that people wanting native controls should switch to Linux. And what is one reason (there are others) that Linux isn't as popular on the desktop as it is in the server room? A lack of a consistent UI.

Don't get me wrong. I like Linux and open source in general. The problem is that while there's a great deal of flexibility in UI's, there's nothing that I would call refined. I expect that to change in good time.