Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Aug 2010 19:21 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Today, Mozilla released the fourth beta of Firefox 4.0. After a period of what I would call stagnation, the Mozilla team are back on track with delivering interesting UI concepts. They were sensible enough to copy Chrome's excellent tabs-on-top UI, but have now also added something called Panorama, a new and very interesting way of managing your open tabs.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

What kind of practical flexibility is really gained by XUL? Are there other browsers/ plugins for firefox out there that are just XUL GUI differences? How popular are they?

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

The fact that you can tweak the interface more easily, hence the huge number of addons. Yes, there are lots of addons that change the default way Firefox looks and behaves.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yes, I know there are many. Are any of them popular? Do any of the really improve the interface significantly?

If say pandronic was a XUL using firefox add on that the community had built, and everyone always added because it made everything so much better, then I'd say yes XUL is awesome! See how some one with an idea for an improvement did it, without having to be a C, c++ expert!

Most people I know only have a default interface for firefox with maybe a toolbar or two.


Is XUL really required for a tool bar? Does it make writing a tool bar easier?

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Novan_Leon Member since:
2005-12-07

A key advantage to XUL is the ability to provide a standardized user interface across platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac) with minimal effort.

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RE[4]: Comment by RichterKuato
by Icaria on Sat 28th Aug 2010 08:54 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by RichterKuato"
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

My lengthy userChrome.css file begs to differ. XUL's GTK+ emulation is atrocious: custom fonts aren't picked up properly, menubar and inactive tab text colours are wrong with most themes, toolbars have heavy padding and the less said about the Vista-esque Library and download manager UIs, the better.

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