Gran Paradiso Alpha 1 Released
Friday December 8th, 2006
Gran Paradiso Alpha 1, an early developer milestone based on the Gecko 1.9 branch, has been released. Gran Paradiso, a mountain group located in Italy, is also the project codename for Firefox 3. There are no significant user interface changes. Core layout and rendering changes include use of Cairo as the default graphics library, use of Cocoa Widgets for MAC OSX builds and new SVG elements.
For more details, refer to Gran Paradiso Alpha 1 Release Notes.
#20 Cocoa Widgets
Monday December 11th, 2006 5:14 AM
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"Can someone explain the benifit of moving the code in the mozilla/widget directory from carbon to cocoa?"
Well, a native look for form widgets will come with the move, but as has been said that's not the reason, since the appropriate look _could_ be done in Carbon. (See, e.g., iTunes, which has got pulsing action blue buttons although it's a Carbon app.)
The move seems to be to save Mozilla from having to maintain _two_ sets of OS X widgets, since they need Cocoa widgets for Camino as it is. Besides, Cocoa widgets have some important advantages, and Cocoa is Apple's preferred environment for developers, so if you want to drop one set of widgets dropping Carbon ones makes more sense.
Have a look at what Josh Aas says: