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.

#9 Re:New Widget Sample Online

by Mats Andtbacka

Thursday January 7th, 1999 6:44 PM

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shades of Java Metal - i like that look. then again, it can only improve on the ugg-ly Motif, i suppose...

except maybe the down-triangle button on the combo box is a bit large in proportion to the text in the box, but then again that image is a rough first draft, and combo boxes seem hard to do right - most widget sets do them different, apparently.

the backdraw of platform independence here is of course that you might break UI uniformity on any given platform (or all of them), which a purist would consider a cardinal sin. but then, the web might be argued to be a "platform" unto itself, so it's a holy war right there.

speed should be an issue, of course, but aren't we used to waiting on the web already? if the underlying drawing layers are done right, these widgets shouldn't be all that slow.

default colour scheme *should* be conservative, for the same reason you don't set a 300-page novel in Zapf Dingbats. content, not flashy distracting presentation! making them honour the colour scheme used on the web page might work well, though.

it'll be interesting to see this in usable practice. keep up the good work, everybody.