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.

#19 Re:New Widget Sample Online

by Millennium <>

Friday January 8th, 1999 8:44 AM

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I'm not so sure I like this. What's important is that pages feel the same across all pages; layout is the same, controls are in the same place, and so on. The controls, for the sake of usabilitry, should take on the appearance of the rest of the operating system's controls.

This can still be done in a more-or-less platform-neutral manner, by abstracting the controls API. Put them into a platform-dependant library, which converts these controls into native calls for the system's controls. Make a scrollbar look like a Mac scrollbar on Macs, a Windoze scrollbar on Windows, a GTK scrollbar when GTK is used, and so on. Don't bloat it with a completely new widget set.

This said, I do like the new appearance of toolbar buttons.