[Camino] My Biting Review of Firefox

Josh Aas joshmoz at gmail.com
Sat Dec 18 04:09:00 EST 2004

> Why doesn't FireFox have native OS X widgets? FireFox was designed to
> look exactly the same on all platforms. Users can move from Windows to
> Linux to Mac OS X and move seamlessly between platforms. So, there
> will never be native OS X widgets in FireFox because the user
> interface is written with XUL (Extensible User Interface Language)
> <http://xml.coverpages.org/xul.html>. The Cocoa widgets Camino uses
> are not available to FireFox developers.

This is not true.

1) FF does not look the same on all platforms already. It is only
similar - there are some big, on-purpose differences, particularly in
2) FF wants native widgets
3) you'll probably see them soon as this is being worked on right now
4) XUL is not the limitation
5) Cocoa widgets are available to FF devs, they just choose not to use
them because they are immature

-Josh Aas

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