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Full Article Attached Configurable Chrome Spec Released! Screenshot Available!

Friday October 2nd, 1998

The configurable chrome spec has been release on an unsuspecting mozillaZine, and we have the scoop for you!

What's configurable chrome? Well, you're about to find out, and get a screenshot, to boot! So read on!


#4 Re:Configurable Chrome Spec Released! Screenshot A

by DaveHyatt <hyatt@netscape.com>

Saturday October 3rd, 1998 12:31 PM

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The user has his/her own chrome, and we decided that it would be too jarring if that chrome were to change with each site the user visited.

Think about that for a moment. :) Do you really want your toolbars going from black to chartreuse to teal as you surf the Web?

We want to preserve the idea that the toolbars are still the user's to some degree. In other words, the user has a contract with a trusted chrome provider, and the user counts on this site to serve up his/her chrome. This is the chrome he/she wants.

That said, a site can use unsigned JavaScript to open a NEW window that would contain its own custom chrome.

A site can also use signed JavaScript to alter the user's chrome (by making its own local annotations that are superimposed onto the chrome provider's remotely supplied graph), but at the moment such changes would be permanent.

I'd be curious to know how people would feel about their toolbars changing from site to site. Would you be irritated if only the presentation scheme changed but the buttons remained the same? Would you be irritated if the whole content of the toolbars changed?