Posts Tagged ‘Mozilla’

Ancient Gecko widgets

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

On Linux:

  1. Why do Gecko / Firefox HTML widgets still look like non-native ones from 1995?
  2. Why has this been such a long-standing issue?
  3. When are modern widgets that look like the rest of the operating system (such as those in XUL) going to appear?

Just curious; it would be nice to have this fixed someday.

(Windows has had native looking widgets for a while and the Mac is finally getting them too…)

IE’s future or Firefox’s present?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

On the "IEBlog" (Microsoft’s web journal which Internet Explorer developers post about the Microsoft browser), a list of most requested features has just been posted. Do the requested IE features seem familiar at all? It’s pretty much a 1:1 IE request to Firefox feature.

If you’re using Internet Explorer, you really should switch to Firefox and benefit from these features today.

Firefox’s style switcher

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Firefox 1.0 will have the style switcher removed — it has already happened in the latest nightly builds.Thankfully, it looks like someone is making an extension to add the feature back.

Measuring mouse movement in menus using Mozilla’s XUL

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004

The Making of a Visualization: Notes on Mousing Behavior in Menus by Andy Edmonds is a fascinating read. In the thesis, Andy used XUL to measure data to produce some neat-looking graphical representations what a user is doing based on time, velocity, direction, and clicks. It would be great to see this method applied to other widgets — and especially real-world applications too.

vi keybindings for Mozilla Firebird

Sunday, November 30th, 2003

For all you vi-loving geeks out there, I’m pointing out that there are vi keybindings for Mozilla Firebird. Enjoy. (:

(Note: It’s only for scrolling — it would totally rock if you could actually use vi editing commands in forms…)

New website redesign launched

Saturday, November 15th, 2003 just launched their nice, new website redesign. It’s nice, clean, simple, and should be easy to use.

New Mozilla website!

Thursday, October 30th, 2003 is getting yet another website redesign. This new one looks really nice, and is a progression from what is currently on the site. It is a cleaner, leaner version which works well with a nice flow. It is a big leap from the original design or one of the intermediate versions.

The site is valid HTML 4.01 strict and heavily utilizes CSS, much like Fedora’s website.

I designed the Fedora site with 4.01 strict in mind as making sure everything would be valid XHTML quickly, especially with legacy documents and many different contributors would have been painstakingly difficult. I did make sure that it validated (right now, the problem is encoding, but I assure you that it works fine internally — somehow the document encoding got messed up on the public-facing site; I’m hoping that it will be fixed soonish), at least on my end of the design and implementation. Using CSS for the presentation was a no-brainer. CSS is great. (:

I’m guessing the legacy pages and multiple contributor factors weighed in with the decision to go with 4.01 strict versus XHTML * for too. When you choose XHTML, you’re choosing XML, and your pages should really be well-formed. XML parsers often show no mercy.

Speaking of designs and redesigns, I really need to update my very own website’s look sometime again too…