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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.

#71 Issues

by SuperNovus

Friday April 14th, 2000 4:02 PM

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Okay, standards are very important. I refuse to use Netscape 4.x anymore because it completely ruins the look of a lot of pages using tables by it's lack of support for proper table formatting. This is unacceptable. In Windows I use IE and in Linux I use Mozilla. Netscape 6 when it is finished will be a great upgrade to the browser world. It will finally give Netscape users a browser that will be able to properly format pages without turning tables into garbage. As for this wigets issue. I think what should be done is simple.

Do it like Java's L&F system.

*Make chromes for each of the major OSes that Mozilla will be distributed for.

*Make those chromes install by default on each platform.

*Allow the user to install their own chromes if they don't like the defaults.

I personally like to be able to customize things. I've got themes for Gnome and GTK, themes for Enlightenment, I've got themes for XMMS and Winamp in Windows. I use Windows themes. I like to be able to make things look the way I want. Not be forced to use some crummy interface just cause it's what came with the program. If I want it different I'll make it myself. But like I said, there should be a set of default themes that look like the native wigets of the major operating systems.

I also agree that Mozilla + Linux are the ultimate combination. Go open source!

May Mozilla evolve into the most powerful XPDE ever - and may Netscape 6 come out soon as 4.x is terrible!