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New Modern Skin Soon

Monday April 2nd, 2001

Joe Hewitt writes:
"Mozilla will be getting a new look very soon. The Modern theme has been redesigned to be a little easier on the eyes. The new look includes a lighter shade of blue, colored toolbar button icons, and lots of other little touches. Bear with me as I land this sometime in the next week or so, as there will surely be bugs. The design is still evolving and there are likely to be frequent changes (for example, dialog buttons will not be black for long after landing)."

Joe also sent us a screenshot for you to check out, stay tuned for more info on this landing.


#88 Re: Re: Re: Are we using PNG yet?

by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Friday April 6th, 2001 1:39 PM

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The advantage of using PNG images is that they can do pretty much everything GIFs can, but without the legal issues.

CompuServe invented GIFS in the 1980s to allow its members to swap images without huge downloads. It uses LZW compression to achieve this. Unisys own the patent to this particular type of compression. With the growth of the Web GIFs became very popular, sometimes being the only option for particular types of images. So Unisys decided that anyone who uses GIFs should pay for them. Something ridiculous like several thousand dollars a site. Some graphic manipulation software manufacturers have deals with Unisys, so if you use their products you'll already be licensed and won't have to pay.

Essentially the problem is that GIFs use patented software, which isn't acceptable in an open source project such as Mozilla.

Alex