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.
#50 Re:New Widget Sample Online
by David <email@example.com>
Friday January 8th, 1999 6:17 PM
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I forgot this in my previous post, but also I think that it's a bad idea to let the web designer (speaking as one myself) change the look of the widgets, especially those outside of the page itself (e.g., the back button, the menus, etc.). The whole point is to have a consistent interface. If people want an immersive experience where they're led entirely by the web designer, they'll turn off all the toolbars. It would be very confusing, as a user, to have your screen change colors every minute, and not have control over it.