Christopher Hicks chicks at chicks.net
Thu Dec 4 20:07:54 UTC 2003

On Thu, 4 Dec 2003, Cory 'G' Watson wrote:
> On Dec 4, 2003, at 6:03 AM, Jouni Heikniemi wrote:
> > The original poster wanted suggestions on where to start with making 
> > Bugzilla customization easier. Well, where do _you_ have a problem 
> > with customizing Bugzilla? What is the problem? Are you sure CSS and 
> > XHTML are the best way to fix it? A rewrite is always an attractive 
> > approach, since you'd have a good reason to mungle things to your 
> > taste. Still, it's not always the best one. Let's examine the disease 
> > first and then discuss the medicine.
> So, to restate my original goal, I want to make things easier to
> customize, and while I'm there, I would be happy to refactor some of the
> markup into something more modern.  I certainly don't want to break
> compatibility (although I wouldn't mind posting a message to NS4 users
> asking them to visit mozilla.org ;)).
> I shouldn't have to rewrite much of the markup to customize my Bugzilla
> interface.  I would prefer to make CSS changes, and perhaps add (to my
> own install) stylesheet code that exploits newer CSS capabilities.

It's sad that someone wanting to migrate bugzilla to current standards
which make any web-based project much better gets portrayed as someone
trying to "mungle things to your taste".  What Cory is trying to do is
rather clearly good for bugzilla from numerous technical perspectives.  
In this case standards compliance clearly leads to massive improvements in
ease of maintenace, ease of development, and helps support folks with
dissabilities.  I hope Cory has the will to outpersistent the legacy HTML
stalwarts.  If so, bugzilla will be much better for it.


No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical.
-Niels Bohr, physicist (1885-1962)

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