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Teaser - Native-looking Widgets for Windows

Wednesday May 24th, 2000

Did you try the chatzilla link? Here's what it looks like with Ben Goodger's Windows widgets, done up using XUL and XBL. Here's the preferences panel. It's not part of the nightlies, so you'll have to just enjoy the pretty pictures for now!


#18 Re: Nice!

by Darchmare <jeff@newdream.net>

Friday May 26th, 2000 3:00 PM

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Sorry to say, that's not necessarily true. While the widgets may look real, the real test is what happens if you use a system-wide theming system (for example, Kaleidoscope or the MacOS theming capabilities). Will the changes take effect? Nope.

What if Apple or another vendor makes changes to the look of the widgets. Do they take effect in Mozilla? Nope.

Furthermore, even if Mozilla captures the look perfectly, the behavior is far more difficult. I have yet to see a non-native UI in any application perfectly mirror a true native UI.