Downloadable Chrome News
Sunday March 28th, 1999
Two news items for those interested in Mozilla's "Downloadable Chrome". First, David Hyatt has posted to news.mozilla.org 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.
#28 Re:SomeSmartAss Weighs in again
by SomeSmartAss <email@example.com>
Wednesday March 31st, 1999 11:14 AM
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OK. I went a tad too balistic. sorry. I must say though that this discussion is nicely moving towards an acceptable middle ground for all of us.
The only problem I see with a "Skin Aware" button (ala Kovu) is that, well, either we'll have to build them into each chrome all the time; or there will have to be some sort of "Perma-Chrome" which realy just defeats the purpose. The best place to put it is a branch in the Properties dialog, complete with list of previous chromes.
As for dynamically downloadable Chrome. the "fork in the road" start page method (akin to many Macromedia-aware sights) is a very nice Idea. I'm just afraid of (some) designers doing a <BODY onLoad="window.open(.....);self.close;" sort of deal, that would, in effect, force a user to pull down chrome (or just not see the page).
I know Disney will build chrome, and lots of it. never disputed that for a second. I just don't think that they would want to force it on users (as WotsUp had insinuated).
And I never said Disney, nor designers were stupid (well... not ALL designers)
BTW. there will be Wookie head back buttons, and worse. (the thought of "Porn Throbbers" quickly jumps to mind)