[Dev] User interface
Michael R. Bernstein
webmaven at lvcm.com
Sat Oct 26 15:15:08 PDT 2002
On Sat, 2002-10-26 at 13:30, John Anderson wrote:
> Michael R. Bernstein wrote:
> >The main difference between XUL and wxWindows is that a XUL app will
> >look exactly the same on every platform, whereas wxWindows uses the
> >native widgets on each platform.
> >Depending on the scenario, this is either good or bad.
> >If you'd like to switch your users to a different OS Platform XUL makes
> >that easier, because the app will still look familiar.
> >If you want the app to look familiar to users on their current platform,
> >wxWindows is better.
> We are trying to make our application use native widgits and behaviors
> whereever possible. We're doing this because we believe most customers
> are used to the look and feel of the platform they use and don't switch
> platforms often.
What about appealing to multi-platform users, such as myself (various
flavors of Windows and Linux)? One of the reasons that Mozilla is my
primary browser on both platforms is that it looks and works the same in
both environments, and I do a lot of my development work (for Zope)
through the browser. If/when I get myself an iBook, I'll probably use
Mozilla there too, for that same reason.
Presumably, multi-platform users are in the minority? I haven't seen any
good statistics on this.
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