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Mozilla UI FAQ

Wednesday April 19th, 2000

Waldo writes, "Just a reminder that there's a Mozilla UI FAQ at this news post."

I've been meaning to get this up on the chromeZone. Hopefully sometime soon.


#2 Re: inaccurate explanation of native widgets

by Ben_Goodger

Thursday April 20th, 2000 4:40 PM

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"Nope. This pretends that there is no such thing as skins. Not only will the page not look identical on different platforms, it won't look the same on the same platform if two different skins are in use."

But skins (in Mozilla's sense of the word) don't affect content widgets. I'd argue that a skin should not be passed into a webpage. Heavily skinned widgets (look at some of the Neoplanet widgets) would look awful on just about all webpages.

"This is constantly stated as if it were a law of nature. The fact is that a priority call was made. I don't know why it's so hard for the people involved to say "We prioritized resources, and we decided it was more important to work on some other things" rather than "There were no resources for it." "

But there weren't the resources. There's a reason Netscape didn't get a personal toolbar on the Mac until 4.5, and even then didn't get the ability to have folders on it. There's a reason MozillaClassic/Mac lagged behind windows - there weren't enough resources. It was a lack of resources followed by a judgement call that sent members of the MacFE team to work on the XPFE along with members of XFE and WinFE...