Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

1 July 2005

Working on a Widget

I’m working on a Dashboard Widget. It should be done sometime in the next few days. It’s been lots of fun, in a geeky sort of way. You may already know this, but Dashboard Widgets are not much more than little webpages that use the same engine that the web browser Safari uses to show the content.

So, I use the same tools that I would for designing a webpage—CSS, JavaScript and XHTML—to make my widget. One major added benefit, though, is that I dont have to make sure that my widget looks perfect on lousy web browsers, IE for Windows for instance. In this case, there is only one web browser, Dashboard. If you can write standards compliant code, you can make a widget.

So, keep your eyes peeled, the widget is soon forthcoming.