New Widget Sample Online
Thursday January 7th, 1999
If you have been following the XPFE newsgroup, you may have come across the debate about widgets in the new cross-platform mozilla application. The final decision was for the widgets displayed on HTML pages (radio-buttons, drop-down menus, etc.) and dialog boxes to be platform-neutral for the moment, with the possibility of adding in native widget-sets later. This new platform neutral widget set requires new widget images, and the new samples have come online here.
German Bauer is the creator of these sample images, and his current thoughts can be read here. This post is really worth checking out if you have a moment.
Please be advised: this is a Work In Progress! Please don't flame the creator of these widgets in talkback. However, please feel free to post constructive criticism or other thoughts on this issue.
Where can I find the arguments in favour of one cross-platform widget look'n'feel? I can see the arguments for a consistent API, but native widgets will surely be faster (unless native widgets can't do what's needed), and changing the look'n'feel from the hosting OS is inconsistent and confusing to users. And I can't see it being much of a boon to web developers, because all their advantages disappear when their pages are viewed on other browsers. However, I'm sure this has already been discussed to death - can someone summarise the arguments?