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.

#30 Cool, but...

by Edwin Martin <>

Friday January 8th, 1999 10:07 AM

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The widgets look really cool, but they don't conform to the user-interface the user already knows: the native user-interface.

That's a big disadvantage. Users are used to a certain user-interface. When a button doesn't look like a button (like in the new widgets), they get confused.

Besides that, I miss the text-input box "<textarea>". Is this being reprogrammed? If 'yes', then undoubtly some inconsistencies will appear. Bad for the user. If 'no', the scrollbars of the box would look different from the other widgets. Bad too.

So, although they look great, I think it's a bad idea.