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Monday, December 27, 2004

Developing Dashboard Widgets

Developing Dashboard Widgets is an article on Apple Developer Connection's site that gives you the skinny on writing your own Dashboard Widgets. Unfortunately, you won't be able to write anything with the Dashboard SDK unless you have a Tiger beta. Still, it's good to see what's coming.

One thing I think is lacking is a way to apply my own style sheets to a Widget. Although, since a widget is just a directory that contains HTML and images, you can always just patch it yourself. Ugh, does this mean that people will start distributing patch files as third-party add-ons for Widgets? If so, we'll have to come up with some long-term strategies for Widget hack management. Gross.


  • i havn't read the guide, but having written a couple of dashboard widgets (admiditly a few months ago) there was no problem at all including the <style> tag right in the HTML. i'm sure that there'd be no problem with a >link< tag, but i'm not going to bother to switch OS's to test that.

    By Anonymous, at 11:49 PM  

  • Has anyone had any success with the link tag and using a CSS? I've tried but can't get it to work.. Not sure of the proper syntax for a path outside the .widgets package. On a side note, if your into developing widgets you can try to win a free iPod at Just thought I'd let you know since I'm just getting started as an apple developer.

    By Anonymous, at 7:57 PM  

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