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.

#7 Re: Big mistake...

by Uetzicle

Wednesday May 16th, 2007 10:36 AM

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The nightly builds of WebKit still use the Mac OS X widgets by default. But when any styling is applied, the 'Aqua' style is changed to the more 'generic' Firefox-style widgets. This way, if a designer wishes to theme their widgets, they can. Not all the widgets do this yet (i don't believe select boxes do), but it's a start. This feature will no doubt be part of Leopard's Safari (and possibly a Tiger update). I think this is a perfectly acceptable middle road, and something I hope Firefox and Camino will emulate.

There by default, but can be overridden.