What is a Mozilla Alpha?
Thursday November 25th, 1999
The folks at Mozilla.org have written up what they think the criteria for Mozilla becoming 'Alpha' is. Click the full article link below to find out what they think, and post talkback so people know what you think.
#74 Gtk+ & XUL
Saturday November 27th, 1999 9:13 PM
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I hate to (painfully) bring to your attention the fact that Gtk+ works almost as well on Win32 and Beos as it does on *NIX. I mean, the Gimp even runs on them both too.
I'm not advocating the wholesale use of Gtk+(or any other "widget" set like Motif, Qt, or MFC for that matter) to build a browser, there are a few things that a native widget set can do that XUL can't and most likely won't do in the near future. One major feature is object extension, creation of your own custom objects, etc... If you don't think this is important, look at Gnome and KDE. Think of the problems that they would have if they both couldn't create their own widgets without re-writing functionality into the rednerer(which for Mozilla is Gecko).
In short, XUL, while being an invaluable tool for Mozilla's XP development, will continue to suck where it is used outside of Mozilla development. Possibly wxWindows would have been a better choice. Or maybe XUL will grow up some. Or maybe no one will use XUL outside of Mozilla, thus making my point mute.