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.

#38 Re:New Widget Sample Online

by Thomas Boutell <>

Friday January 8th, 1999 10:52 AM

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Thanks for doing this valuable work.

The look is fine with me. But there's another issue that I can't emphasize enough:

PLEASE DON'T SCREW UP THE FEEL! I can't tell you how many applications I've seen with a glorious-looking, totally themable super-great interface that is COMPLETELY KEYBOARD HOSTILE and totally unusable in a production data-entry environment where people expect to be able to fill in a form entirely without moving their hands off the keyboard.

If TAB and SHIFT-TAB don't work properly, it's not suitable for real work. In my not-so-humble opinion.

Thanks again for doing the work on this.