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.
Since you seem to have some expert knowledge on what Microsoft's UI future is, perhaps you could enlighten us.
I personally do not think MS is easy to guess. I have no inside clue, but I would hazard a guess that they plan multiple fronts at once -- for example this whole IE for Linux thing. They say they're not going to worry about it, yet they're working on a port supposedly. They have a lot of long-term projects in the making and I would NOT be too surprised to see IE 6.0 UI based entirely on XML or some sort of subset of XUL (but microsoft's own format, of course). Look at MS Office 2000 -- they used to use their own file formats for the LONGEST time. Now they're going to a standard (MS standard that is) XML based format. Wow.. that's a switch. As we develop more nad more functionality into the newer web standards, XML, XUL, CSS level 1/2, etc.... I believe you will see MORE and MORE cross platform environments begin.