Browse Bugs Bite

I don’t know when it first started.  All I know is that every time I load a browser, I’m compelled to whine about something.

I’m not a programmer by any standard.  I’m not even all that good at scripting.  I just know that when a browser like Safari comes along with it’s nice integrated look and smooth widgets, I feel bad when I load up Firefox, a program built by a team of developers several orders of magnitude larger than Apple’s, I often wonder why such a basic feature is missing.

Don’t get me wrong, the current UI elements (buttons, drop-downs, text-fields, check-boxes, etc) look worlds better than their Windows-esque counterparts.  However, there is something fundamentally irritating about widgets that look like native widgets, but behave in a manner all their own.

Maybe I’m just spoiled by using a browser that was designed to use the system widgets, whereas Firefox has the prickly proposition of having to cater to no less than 3 major platforms.  All with different ways of doing things.  I mean, I know the Safari guys aren’t even going to bother trying to use native widgets on the Windows build (though, they are getting native text rendering).

I mean, does this look good to anybody?  Especially when you have widgets that look like they belong.

Sometimes I don’t even have to do anything out of the ordinary.

By Nathan DeGruchy

IT Support extraordinaire. FOSS lover and proud Husband and Father.