What is a Widget? In computer programming, a widget (or control) is an interface element that a computer user interacts with, such as a window or a text box. Widgets are sometimes qualified as virtual to distinguish them from their physical counterparts, e.g. virtual buttons that can be clicked with a mouse cursor, vs. physical buttons that can be pressed with a finger. Widgets are often packaged together in widget toolkits. Programmers use widgets to build graphical user interfaces (GUIs).
What is a fashion widget? That would be a widget designed to be relevant to some aspect of clothing, style, or the fashion industry.
In computing, a web widget is a software widget for the web. It's a small application with limited functionality that can be installed and executed within a web page by an end user. A software widget is a relatively simple and easy-to-use software application or component made for one or more different software platforms.
A gadget is a small tool such as a machine that has a particular function, but is often thought of as a novelty.
Widgets and Gadgets have pretty much been replaced by "apps". Learn more about fashion apps in our fashion terminology section.
The term "app" is a shortening of the term "software application".
An application program (app or application for short) is a computer program designed to perform a group of coordinated functions, tasks, or activities for the benefit of the user.
Mobile app, software designed to run on smartphones and other mobile devices. A mobile app is a computer program designed to run on a phone, tablet, watch or other sort of mobile device..
In computing, a web application or web app is a client–server computer program in which the client (including the user interface and client-side logic) runs in a web browser. Common web applications include webmail, online retail sales, online auctions, wikis, instant messaging services and many other functions.
Learn more about fashion technology.
This section of Apparel Search previously contained various fashion widgets that we created using a system from SpringWidgets. We had created widgets that website owners (fashion blogs, fashion websites etc.) could use to put fashion news onto their own website. The widget contained news from the Fashion Newspaper website (another site owned by the Apparel Search Company).
Unfortunately, in an effort to control costs and consolidate products, MySpace parent company Fox Interactive Media is shuttering the SpringWidgets (which launched in 2006) and Flektor (acquired in 2007) widget platforms. Therefore, the widgets we previously created no longer work.
Here is an example of a Fashion Widget if you are not sure what one would look like.
Example of Amazon Widget.
Here are examples that show how you would have been able to add gadgets to your own sites (if the SpringWidgets system was still working):
Check out the Apparel Search Gadgets.
You can also add a Fashion Industry Search Engine to your website.
Don't forget to check out the Fashion Gadgets section.