November 12, 2003

Talky talky

I spoke tonight to the GWU chapter of the ACM about what we learned with Mozilla. It was a lot of fun and interesting to talk to people who were interested in Mozilla and open source development.

I've been thinking about what we need to do to make Camino look more like it was designed by an Apple design team rather than someone with too much left over blue paint. The new Firebird theme looks pretty good and is a great start. However, can we just copy it? That would add to user confusion between the two products. I wonder, though, if having a XUL app look "more native" than a cocoa app is worse for Camino than the possibility it get confused with Firebird. How can we keep the same style and still differentiate ourselves? Does that matter? People claim Camino doesn't look like an aqua app despite being fully native and can't explain why they think that. Are we doing ourselves more harm than good by not just copying firebird?

Oh, and one last thing, Apple is not implementing XUL in order to use it as their next UI toolkit. It's not why they hired Hyatt. All he did was put the xul box model into webkit. They are totally separate entities.

Posted by pinkerton at November 12, 2003 9:26 PM