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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.


#53 Why not natively support the system's widgets?

by Andrew Arthur <bsa89@geocities.com>

Saturday January 9th, 1999 5:08 PM

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Okay, I have to feelings on this issue.

Pro-Standard Widgits.

One fear of webpage designers is the size and shape of widgits. A different sized widgit, could make some page designs look ugly, such as the Troop 89 WebPage's (<http://welcome.to/bsa89>) Navigation javascript pull-down, under Motif. Try it with a Unix-based version of Navigator 4.x, and it is ugly. This is due to the different sized widgit of motif, compared to the standard size of Mac and Window's widgits.

Anti-Standard Widgits.

Standarization is not always a good thing. People use different platforms, and different "themes" on the platforms. Some Mac people could be upset if the widgits look "Windows-like", but then again, some PC people could be offended if you used Mac-Like widgits. Also, if you build Mozilla for Unix-based OS's, against GTK+, the GTK+ widgets are the same size as standard PC/Mac widgits. Finnally, alot of people use themes, and would like there browser to take advantage of those widgits, whether or not it's the browser or if it's the webpage.

If you could some how make the rendering engine support the native widgits, ie. GTK+ widgits for Unix-based OS's, Mac OS Themes, and Windows Color Schemes, that would be great. However that might require a lot of extra codeing and a pain in the ***.