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.
"Plus, Gecko XP widgets look weird on other OS's like the Mac, or CDE/Motif. They don't have the native look, or keyboard policy of the platform they are running on. "
That's true, kinda goes with what MozillaSupporterNOTAssKisser was saying about breaking the UI flow in an OS. Hopefully though, there will be numerous different types of Chrome, and who knows, we may be able to make one for each platform -- and then just distribute them with the corresponding release as the default. I'd think there would be a chrome manager in mozilla, and then they also have the option (if they're using windows but prefer linux) to swap the chrome to what they're warm/fuzzy with.
So all-in-all, this will give MORE flexibility. Just because someone is using windows, does NOT mean they prefer the platform interface. Nowadays, where every platform has benefits and negatives, it's hard to find one "best fit OS".
In addition, the development time for each of these chrome interfaces can be made by non-programmers ... and who knows, i think it would be VERY interesting to see a chrome for each distribution by default, that blends in.
But, we'll just hafta wait till release to see these things happen.