Full Article Attached Discussion: Classic Skin Development Direction

Monday August 7th, 2000

Ben Goodger writes, "Over the past few weeks, Classic skin development has really taken off and the Classic skin is, I believe something that can be used every day, on all three platforms.

I recently posted to the n.p.m.ui newsgroup soliciting feedback on the development. I want to reach a broader audience so I'm asking mozillaZine readership the same questions..."

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#6 Classic Skins

by chrisc

Tuesday August 8th, 2000 6:33 AM

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Hi Ben, With regards to the classic skin, I really feel that the classic skin is the best it could be (not counting any bugs, not that I've noticed any) - it really captures the original netscape feel. Once the nice fonts (win32) were switched on the whole browser took on a more solid,professional look.

My request (although perhaps unrealistic -with marketing people being the way they are) would be to bring the netscape look (icons) to the internet explorer (button/toolbar border etc) look. I.E 4/5 has a lighter, cleaner look which reflects the look of other modern Win32 apps. The overall effect of this is an impression of speed/clarity which doesn't distract the user in the same way that heavy styling (n4-ish) does. Also, the icons could be created/rendered as greyscale when the mouse isn't over them. It's obvious that microsoft did it this way to avoid distracting the user (which gives using the browser a more effortless feel).

This will likely come about as a skin by someone outside netscape but I would like to see netscape do this for themselves, the current classic skin hints at this sort of styling but falls short of implementing it totally -obviously to give the user the classic 'feel'. I wouldn't go as far as to assume that your agree on this but I'm sure you would agree that the clean style of I.E does have some value which mozilla could be in a position to exploit. <>