Downloadable Chrome News

Sunday March 28th, 1999

Two news items for those interested in Mozilla's "Downloadable Chrome". First, David Hyatt has posted to his first draft at the downloadable / configurable chrome spec.

Second, Steve Morrison has announced the creation of his "XUL Tool" site. Steve's site is a repository for Mozilla themes, and soon you will be able to create your own theme via a simple HTML interface.

#27 Re:Downloadable Chrome News

by Kovu <>

Wednesday March 31st, 1999 4:37 AM

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The button should default to your standard "skin," yet allow you to right-click on it and select from past themes you have been at this session, and have an option to "bookmark" those themes you like, or not. If you kill the browser without doing so, when you bring it up again your default theme should be the one to pop up. You should also be able to switch your default theme, but this should be fairly difficult to do and still have an easy out to the original theme somewhere. This whole thing maybe should be as difficult to start as the Netscape Mail Notification now is (to avoid scaring the crap out of newbies), you have to deliberately go into Start/Programs/Communicator/Utilities to set it up and change the default.

I also think it should go up on your personal toolbar (above) and not in your system tray (bottom right). I was only comparing the button to the Netscape Mail Notification button that just so happens to reside in the system tray (which is fine, mail is more important than webtop themes). Enough crap clogs up my system tray without that there, too.

Note that whether through JavaScript or whatever, these themes should only be somehow registered first and approved before they can use this flag. I agree above and still do, that you should not be able to just go to a site and have your system change. If you really, really wanted it this way, maybe you could go into Security and lower your default "webtop" security, allowing sites you visit to change your theme at will. This should be just as hard to do as it is now to lower your security defaults--and no harder.

Concerns above are justified, I think, this should not be taken lightly. However, with the proper cautionary measures taken, like the ones I've described above, I think it should also be doable for those who want to participate.