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.

#182 Re: MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by Mike S. <>

Thursday May 27th, 1999 11:27 PM

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Maybe I'm missing the gist of the discussion here, but one of you doesn't think XUL/Chrome will fly with the "average" Windows user because they are used to the Microsoft interface style. For Mozilla to compete with IE succesfuly it must adopt an MS standard look.

I really don't think having a non-MS look is going to affect it's for the better or worse. The real problem with the "average" user is that they are almost fearful of the computer. They don't understand it and are worried that they'll break something.

Since IE is right there in their face, and is made by the same people who make Windows, they will use it and not be inclined to change.

However, if someone more knowledegable comes along and shows them Mozilla and it's cool customizable interface there is a very good chance they will like it. People like choice and the ability to express themselves.

If you give them a floppy disk with Mozilla on it or show/tell them how simple it is to install/use, they will use it. This is of course assuming it is as good a product overall as what they are using, IE most likley.

If Mozilla is fast and stable then it's chrome feautres will give it that "cool" factor.

if Mozilla turns out to be slow and buggy then chrome is nothing more than a hokey gimmick to make up for it's flaws.

I'm confident in the former.

I'm not an average user but I'm no programmer either. I use mutiple platforms and give lessons to "average" users on occasion.