MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!
Monday May 24th, 1999
Steve Morrison, creator of the XULTool, has joined MozillaZine (as some of you may already know). He has been hard at work getting the XULTool working on our site, and we're pleased to announce that the ChromeZone is now online.
Now, with a simple form, you can change the look and feel of Mozilla, and create your own themes! You can also choose from some ready-made themes we have available. You can also send your own themes to ChromeZone for addition to our site.
So, fire up apprunner and head over to the chromeZone.
We got a lot of great entries for our little "name our new chrome area" contest, but in our final vote, "ChromeZone" came out on top. A number of people submitted the name "ChromeZone" or a variation for our contest. Clayton Scott was the first, however, and his prize is a stuffed Mozilla doll from Netscape. I know we didn't promise any prizes for the contest, but we wanted to give something to the winner.
Thanks to everyone for you contributions, and if you have any suggestions for the chromeZone, let us know.
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Wednesday May 26th, 1999 2:25 PM
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There are by far most benefits than disadvantages to XUL. Several Reasons:
First of XUL or should I say the idea of XUL is not Netscape only. The language is Netscape only so far, but another language a lot like it is around. At the WWW8 conference a few days ago Sun introduce UIML, extensible User Interface Mark-up Language. Basically, it does the exact same thing as XUL except for Java applications. So the idea is being adopted just not the language which is good because XUL only really deals with Netscape like interfaces.
Second the speed of XUL now does not mean the final release will be as speedy as it is today. I don't think people take into consideration that this is still an Alpha build. Its an excuse, but a darn good one for now anyway. On my computer it is sometimes faster and sometimes slower than Navigator 4.6.
Third XUL can do a lot more than the current UI if people program for it. Right now its an Alpha so a lot of programmers don't want to spend too much time programming neat features that maybe broken in the final release. Currently, we've only seen what can only be categorized as glorified skins. Some things are rendered natively: the main menubar, you know file edit view ..., and pop-ups, which are currently not implemented. The menubar is write on-the-fly using content from the XUL. Likewise, pop-up menus are written in the native OS with XUL providing the content.
Fourth, the interface hasn't really been finalize yet. The developers don't quite know what the final interface should be for quite a few navigator apps, messenger is a prime example. XUL allows them to change all of the interfaces across all platforms, a major time saver.