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.
#61 Re: It's the user, stupid
Thursday April 13th, 2000 1:39 PM
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QU1: "software is meant to be used"
RE1: The question here is, for what means? Let's not forget that Mozilla is a platform for building web applications such as browsers, email clients, etc. This is similar to how Visual C++ and Windows is a platform for building applications.
QU2: "Mozilla opens up all sorts of exciting possibilities for developers; but for the end user this is largely irrelevant, and will remain so for a couple of years at least"
RE2: And where would we be if the people behind the web itself would have thought about this? It certainly doesn't matter how long it takes if the technology is revolutionary.
QU3: "When I buy a new car, I should not have to repaint it because the default color is hot pink with green polka dots"
RE3: The logic is valid, but the premise is compromised. Mozilla is _NOT_ the car. Mozilla is the blueprint for the car. It is up to Netscape/AOL to use those blueprints to actually create their own version of the car. The 'look-and-feel' of the current Mozilla is merely a prototype, not a finished product.
Q4: "Netscape 6 must ship with native-looking skins on each platform, and these native-looking skins must be the default."
RE4: I agree 100% with you. But keep in mind that it is up to Netscape to do this, not Mozilla.