[opensource-dev] Possibility to revert UI changes on snowstorm?

Yoz Grahame yoz at lindenlab.com
Mon Sep 20 18:30:03 PDT 2010

On 20 September 2010 16:28, malachi <malachi at tamzap.com> wrote:

> Is it possible to revert the 2.x UI changes? I mean is it possible to keep
> the functionality of 2.x yet use the visual style of 1.x?

If you're asking about doing this in your own viewer project based on 2.x,
go for it. There are plenty of people who say they want it, and you'd
probably get some help. There should be no technical blockers.

If you're asking about reverting the design of individual UI elements to the
1.x design in the official Linden Lab viewer, then - as we've discussed
several times on this list - we're open to considering and implementing
well-argued proposals. We've already done this kind of reversion for several
UI elements and there will likely be others. However, we ask that UI change
proposals take the time to explore whether there is a third design option
better than either existing one.

If you're asking about reverting the entire viewer UI to 1.x: in short, no.
In less short, we'd need an objective, well-reasoned argument against each
and every one of the several hundred UI changes between 1.x and 2.x. See

We know that the current Viewer 2 UI is not popular amongst a large
percentage of residents. It'd be hard to miss that. That's why we're working
on fixing it. When people are asked to explain why they don't like it, they
focus on a small but high-profile set of these changes, such as the sidebar,
and those are the changes we're already planning to work on (if not working
already). If you have ideas for how those specific changes should work, we
welcome them. If there are other areas you want to fix or revert, and have a
good objective argument for them, we welcome those too.

-- Yoz
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