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mozillaZine: mozillaZine on Skins

Apr 12, 2000, 03:21 (4 Talkback[s])

"I've had numerous conversations regarding Mozilla and skins over the past week. I was of the opinion that the lack of a native widget set would not necessarily be the death of Mozilla, but it would cause mozilla.org some heartache as usability proponents railed about Mozilla's defying of convention. From the looks of the reviews of Netscape's PR1 release, I wasn't far off."

"I now believe, however, that there has been a fundamental misunderstanding of what Mozilla is, where it's going, and indeed what direction the Web and its "standards" are leading us. Key to an understanding of Mozilla is a defining of its scope and capabilities."

"Mozilla is not a browser, and this became quite clear from my meetings with developers over the past few days. I won't quote anyone directly, but one rather prominent developer remarked, "Mozilla is a platform from which a browser can be easily made, but it isn't a browser". I would add to that, "it's a platform from which many Internet-ready applications can be created and deployed in a cross-platform manner.""

"Mozilla is providing an open view of our Internet future and asking us all to participate. Unfortunately, where they're headed might not be the direction that many people had hoped Mozilla would go. They have many options available. They can strike out in their own direction, from the Mozilla code available (they could, for example, embed the rendering engine inside a wrapper application that uses native widgets, turning Mozilla into "just a browser" -- something that many seem to want). They can strive to make the existing Mozilla work better. Or, they can resort to leaving themselves at the mercy of a closed-source world. They have all these possibilities at their disposal. Before Mozilla, what choice did we have?"

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