Beautiful Firefox form widgets!

As much as I love using Firefox on the PC, I had been holding out making it the default browser on my Macs. The main reason? Form widgets. By default, the form widgets (check boxes, radio buttons, text fields, etc.) look too ugly for words in Mozilla browsers on the Mac. No matter the theme, the forms are still blech. I know I remember reading the technical reason somewhere as to why forms look so horrid on the Mac compared to the PC, but I can’t recall now. All I know is that a page with a form field made Firefox look clunky, amateur and somehow “unfinished.” Like a website put together in Microsoft FrontPage.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who was bothered by the fugly forms. Even better, there are folks doing something about it.

For the record, I went with Kevin Gerich’s approach even though it meant altering files within Firefox itself (rather than the userContent.css file). It works. Bugs are minimal. It looks good. Me happy. 🙂

But wait, there’s more: That’s the great thing about something like Firefox. If someone does something good, someone else will pick up on it and make it better. And then someone else will make a script or extension that makes it easy. Philippe Wittenbergh has made the widgets look gorgeous, and here’s “Firefoxy,” a simple drag-n-drop script to apply them to Firefox without having to manually dig in and move files around. Thanks, guys.

For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a screen shot I found on the web which shows the way forms look in Firefox by default:

beforewidgets.gif

And here’s what the same form elements look like with the new widgets:

afterwidgets.gif

Big difference, huh?