[Project_owners] Death of Seamonkey

Richard Klein richwklein at mchsi.com
Fri Mar 11 06:04:49 EST 2005


GuruJ wrote:
> (Disclaimer up front:  I'm a big fan of the Mozilla Suite.)
> 
> Okay, I'm confused.
> 
> I understand that Firefox and Thunderbird have changed XUL toolkits, and 
> that this is one of the reasons why UI work on the suite has stagnated.
> 
> I *thought* this change was made to allow the use of native GUI widgets 
> within Firefox.  This was one the reasons why I stuck with SeaMonkey 
> since I loved the central idea of the XPFE -- that you could produce 
> Moz-apps which would appear close to identical on all platforms.
> 
> Am I wrong?  What can XPFE do that the FF/TB toolkits can't and vice 
> versa?  Can anyone simply explain the differences to me, or at least 
> point me to a good web page on the matter?
> 
> -- GuruJ.
> 
> Richard Klein wrote:
> 
>> If they change the suite to not use xpfe MoFo only has to maintain one 
>> toolkit.  You could keep most of the appearance and functionality of 
>> the suite by just using a different theme and slightly different 
>> bindings.
>>
>>
>> Pete Collins wrote:
>>
>>> The suite should remain logically where it is.
>>>
>>> Any good features from firefox should be ported over to the xpfe 
>>> toolkit ...
>>>
>>> --pete
>>>
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Actually the 2 front-end toolkits are very similar.  the Aviary toolkit 
is basically xpfe slightly changed, and with a different default theme.
Check out bug https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=255807 about 
migrating seamonkey to the new toolkit, and bug 
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=282177 about resyncing the 
xpfe and toolkit bindings.


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