Preview Build of Mozilla Firefox with Mac OS X Native Form Controls Available

Tuesday May 15th, 2007

Josh Aas has announced the availability of a Mozilla Firefox preview build for Mac OS X with native form controls. The experimental build is currently only available for Intel-based Macs, though a PowerPC version is promised.

The lack of native Aqua-styled widgets for webpage form controls in the OS X edition of Firefox has been a source of complaint for many in the Mac community for a number of years. Josh hopes to be able to enable native form controls in the trunk builds of Firefox within the next few weeks, meaning that they should be included in the forthcoming Firefox 3.

The experimental build is a preview only and testers have been asked not to file bug reports for any issues they discover.

#11 Such a big mistake! A crisis!

by leafdigital

Friday May 25th, 2007 3:07 AM

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And it's already going on! And has been for the last several years! About 95% of Firefox users already have native, fancy-styled buttons, because it supports the XP-styled buttons. Since the sun has exploded and everyone died as a result, I can see why people would be cautious about applying the same thing to Mac versions.


Seriously, good news. I have to say, as a Mac Firefox user, I totally didn't notice. When I first saw this issue come up I wasn't actually sure whether Firefox used Aqua-y buttons or not; at work on a PC at the time, I had to check when I went home. But on the 'makes things slightly nicer' tip, definitely a good feature.