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Full Article Attached Mail/News Performance Effort Underway

Friday November 2nd, 2001

Seth Spitzer today sent an update out about what the Mail/News team is doing to meet their goals for Mozilla 1.0. They'll be focusing almost 100% of their effort for at least the next two milestones (0.9.7, 0.9.8) on Footprint and Performance of the various parts of Mail, News, and Addressbook. Not only will they be focusing on it, they'll also be locking down their part of the tree and only accepting performance or footprint fixes. Very few exceptions will be made. Click the Full Article link to see Seth's full post.


#169 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: please

by roc <roc+moz@cs.cmu.edu>

Thursday November 8th, 2001 2:24 PM

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Ah, the old native widgets debate.

Eclipse/SWT is cool, but it does not prove anything relevant to Mozilla.

Here are some things that are very hard to do using native widgets: -- Fully implement the DOM event model (e.g., allow capturing mouse clicks in widgets). -- Fully implement CSS styling (e.g., support background images in edit controls, clip and z-order widgets properly, render widgets covered by overlapping translucent images, support HTML I18N features). -- Make it all robust (e.g., create 500 comboboxes instantly, make sure you can put arbitrary amounts of Unicode text into a text widget). Eclipse doesn't have to do any of these things.

I think the ultimate proof that native widgets are not the way to go is that Microsoft themselves don't use native widgets in IE! Even though it would be much easier for them to use native widgets than for Mozilla. (They only have to support one platform, they have the source code to the native widgets and they could even improve the native widgets to meet their needs if they wanted to.) But they still chose to implement their own special widget set just for IE.