Full Article Attached K-Meleon 0.8.1 Released

Saturday December 13th, 2003

Andrew Mutch writes in with news that K-Meleon 0.8.1 is now available for download. Read the full article for more details and download links.

#25 Re: Nice to see more Mozilla apps coming out

by hobbes78

Monday December 15th, 2003 11:03 AM

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Not using native widgets is a pain in the ass. When Sun discontinued the development of AWT in favour of Swing I stopped being interested in Java, just as an example. Why? It's slower. It breaks user interface (UI) consistency across a platform, one of the most basic principles of UI design; typically, attempts made to imitate the look and feel of the native widgets turn out to be weird (double clicking separators in column headers of a table doesn't work, text boxes don't have context menus, etc), and always lagged (I remember seeing Windows 3.x widgets in Windows 95, seeing cold grey widgets in Windows 2000 and still today I see widgets not following my Windows XP theme selection). It blocks accessibility programs to interact to an application. Other programs also stop working (my scroll wheel only worked in the Open File dialog box when I switched from Netscape 4 to Netscape 6; this is because it continued to be native). If I want to take a screenshot of a widget (e.g., by using the capture component feature of Paint Shop Pro) I can't. It's reinventing the wheel. The code to render widgets appears twice or more times in a system. Luckily recently Gecko started rendering native widgets (instead of ugly Motif-like ones) and K-Meleon is reaching 1.0, so I gave up thinking in abandoning the use of Gecko-based applications.