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.
I was *not* speaking about the look&feel. Yes, you can mostly emulate this using CSS and maybe XBL or so.
I was speaking about *functionality*. See my post "Re: Re: Huh?" about speech recognition/generation and message boxes. Each platform has its own little special feature, which in part makes the difference between this platform and others. And many people are used to them or even actually choosed their platform because of them. One example: The cool thing of the BeOS UI is its responsiveness due to heavy multithreading. How will Mozilla emulate that? It shouldn't just ignore all that.
As for XP GUI toolkits: Yes, I have coded for Swing. But as your subject implies, there are a lot of them, and Mozilla will be number 101. It may be successful, but that might be just because it is so famous. (However, your article say exactly the opposite. Did I misunderstand you?)
You are right, that most XP GUI toolkits don't catch all platform-specific features, but most of them catch a *lot* more than Mozilla. Re "Layout issues": I depends on the "language".