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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 <improv@magma.ca>

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)

I personally have a large "web-designer on an ego-trip" part of my brain, that gets really dangerous if left to run unchecked. <http://www.improv.ca> is perfect example of my own, personal "JavaScript out the wazoo" self-agrandizing methodology (and this link proves that I love to show it off). Heck, it used to be even worse... (I will never play with KAI's power tools again) Despight our best intentions, there will be those out there (present company potentially included) that will attempt to hyjack, and (Waldo's worse fear) find new and inovative ways to advertise, and generally, pull some some pretty annoying "look what I can do" stunts. I was just trying to stave off a stampede towards the potential disaster that would be ultimate, unchecked, control over Chrome. (like I could ever stave off a stampede of any kind ;) )

BTW. there will be Wookie head back buttons, and worse. (the thought of "Porn Throbbers" quickly jumps to mind)