So, after having spun up a Windows 2000 VM for fun i got bit by the nostalgia bug a bit. I just started to remember how nice, clear and functional that UI was.
With all the Flatness in our Life, i felt the need to see how far i can get a modern Browser in that direction. The obvious choice here is Vivaldi, as Modding it is encouraged and easy and there’s a healthy forum of people nowing the Ins and outs of that Browsers CSS.
So, without further talking, the current state:
This is an hour of work in and far, far from finished. I just looked at my VM, picked some colors off of it and tried to get the basics down.
The goal is to keep supporting vivaldies color Settings, but keep the overal aestethics in tact. Icons are missing, as i’m not sure yet where to get Win 2000 or IE5 icons. The scrollbar is another point that’s not clear yet.
UI Font is to be determined. I’m looking at the original Font and some alternatives.
If you are intimitly familiar with the Win 2000 era UI, CSS or just feel like you have something to contribute, feel free to point out any flaws in the UI. The goal is to get this as close as possible. And most of the time, the more eyes, the better.
I’m still at work, so i’ll post the CSS file later for anyone interested. Also feel free to make any suggestions on how to integrate elements that just didn’t exist back then. Oh, and don’t miss the opportunity to call me a mad man. I just still think Windows 2000 had the best design of any OS to date in terms of consistency and usability.