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.

#55 A couple of thoughts on interface

by davidecsdcom <>

Thursday April 13th, 2000 3:14 AM

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There have been some good points made on both sides of this discussion.

One thing I'd like to point out on the consistancy issue. Had they used/enabled native widgets, the interface of mozilla itself would be consistant with itself. I think I've come across three different style of check boxes, a few different types of click buttons two types of radio buttons (some of which turn into the other type when clicked). Two types of drop down boxes... And that's just in the browser part. Sometime I come across tree views which will open up on one click, some open up only with a double click. And *now*, in the nightly builds I seem to have come across a mutated "open" dialog which looks like a Windows reject (<tangent> and which I suspect will eventually work like that wonderfully complicated windows open dialog, only buggier *and* under Linux! *hint* if I wanted something like that, I'd install Win 98 and use IE...</tangent>)

One of the few good things about things looking and acting ->mostly,_ the same from platform to platform is that I can pretty much talk my parents through this mess when (not if) they call me with frustrated questions because the program isn't acting like it should.

This type of thing is almost unacceptable from this user's POV. You see, when people start telling me stuff like, "trust me, it's for your own good and you'll be better off in the long run," *I* start checking to make sure they're not offering me a cup of kool aid to wash it down with.

Well, I think that this poor dead horse has been beaten long enough...