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.

#23 Language neutral (Re:New Widget Sample Online)

by Heikki Vesalainen

Friday January 8th, 1999 9:10 AM

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In addition to being platform neutral, I think that the new widgets should be language/culture neutral too.

For example the tick (in tickbox) means (I think) 'ok' or 'yes' in anglo-american countries, but in others it's a 'no' or 'incorrect' and the '%' sign is used as 'ok'.

In any case, I think that altho the widgets' looks are propably best being platform neutral, their control-idioms should be the same as the underlying platform's (same hotkeys, etc). e.g. in X you can use the middle button for paste, unlike in mac or windows. In windowsyou can use shift-insert)