Full Article Attached Astounding Comments From the WSP

Thursday July 20th, 2000

The WSP (Web Standards Project) now states that it is interested in released products more than compliance, and has released one of the most astounding pieces of work I have seen come out of their office.

The WaSP, a pseudonym which speaks for the whole WSP (or at least its leaders) has written a piece taking Netscape to task for failing to produce a browser in the allotted time limit. Click "Full Article..." below to read my response. For the record, I am not an employee of Netscape.

#115 Re: Re: Re: Re: Not true...

by bjensen <>

Saturday July 22nd, 2000 6:42 PM

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Sure thing, Ben... In fact, I'll make a point of it. :)

And for the record, I certainly don't mean to downplay the significance or efforts required to develop a UI straight from scratch. On the contrary, a good solid and consistent UI requires a *lot* of time and effort to develop.

It's just in this case none of that applies. We're talking about the mere cloning of an existing tried and true user interface. I don't have to worry about the kinds of UI elements to use, what their function will be, the names/functions of the menus, ad infinitum. Even the bitmap resources such as button glyphs, folder icons, etc... I don't even have to worry about... they are already there and contained in resdll.dll.

In fact, the only thing that was really challenging about the whole thing was making clones of the non-standard UI elements, i.e, Toolbar Buttons, Collapsable Toolbar, etc... none of which already exist in, say, comctl32.dll.

I had used Delphi 3.02 at the time so I had to derive some new classes from TGraphicControl... and change the default vertical orientation of some bitmaps in resdll.dll to be horizontally oriented.

Anyways, I just wanted to clear that up... developing a completely new UI straight from scratch can be quite a task.