Tree Closes For 0.9.8

Wednesday January 16th, 2002 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 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.

#53 It all depends...

by Millennium

Thursday January 17th, 2002 9:07 PM

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At the moment, soome of the widgets are \"truly native\", while others are not; they just call the Appearance Manager to see what the background ought to look like, and then draw that.

Two examples of true-native widgets are scrollbars and progress bars. Thr progress bar ripples as it should (though this seems to take an enormous amount of CPU time, more than it should actually). Likewise, there\'s an extremely subtle effect when you drag a scroll thumb that cannot be reproduced by a static image; Mozilla draws this correctly.

However, look at dialog buttons. The default button is blue, as it should be, but it doesn\'t throb. This is a case of Mozilla calling the Appearance Manager just to get a background image. It should, of course, be fixed, and likely will be in the future. Butnot just yet.

All told, though, it\'s a very impressive first effort. If it\'s this good having only been out for a couple of days, I can\'t wait to see what it\'ll be like by 1.0 time.