Tree Closes For 0.9.8
Wednesday January 16th, 2002
Mozilla.org has closed the tree to approved checkins only, starting as of 12am Wednesday, and will do so until 0.9.8 has branched. 0.9.8 will have a variety of new items including new natively drawn widgets on WindowsXP, Mac OS X, and GTK, when you are in the classic skin (We will have more on this later, including screenshots); the addressbook was rewritten, and now supports printing, a new "Get Map" button allowing you to query for a map based on a card address, and other stability fixes; Windows MAPI support; and a huge amount of performance and stability work.
Many believe this is one of the last milestones prior to 1.0, and that Mozilla.org will actually have 1.0 following 0.9.9. 0.9.8 should branch sometime next week, with a release two Mondays from now. We'll keep you updated on both the branching and the release.
#11 Native widgets (NOT!)
Wednesday January 16th, 2002 4:14 PM
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People seem to think that Mozilla is getting native widgets. It is not. What it is getting is that on platforms where an existing theme engine exists all XUL widgets in the classic skin will query the platform-native theme engine for their correct look.
This means that the classic skin will attempt to follow the current theme as much as possible (much more than it used to before the checkins).
Note that Windows other than WinXP does not have a theme engine, hence Mozilla not doing any "native widget" stuff there.