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.

#247 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by Jake <>

Sunday May 30th, 1999 9:36 PM

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OK, I've got to say that MSNAK makes some very good points and that alot of the argument against him is poorly thought out and based purely on speculation.

I've also gotta say that some of MSNAK's opponants make good points and the logic of his comments in sometimes hard to follow.

That being said, this really does seem to be a lop sided argument. MSNAK's main concern seems to be that the XUL rendered interface won't be readily accepted by Windows Users and I can see this being a problem. Not because of any shortcomings in the code. Not because they're gonna say "Oh, no... not XUL!!!" The problem will be that it's not Windows interface. Some ppl actually like the shell inhancements MS made in IE 4 and Win98 (I have to admit to liking some of them, but now that I'm using NT, I'll live w/out them). Some ppl like the fact that the UI is constant (tho I can't understand why). I myself happen to like to customize my Apps whenever possible (to a certain degree... if it takes too long, forget it).

I actually have a concern of my own with this method. After going to ChromeZone with one of the nightly builds, I noticed how easy it was to change the entire UI. Too easy, in fact. As a home user, I don't like the idea that just by clicking on the wrong link, my entire UI is changed... I'd like to have a warning so I can cancel it if neccesary. As a corporate user, I'd like to be able to have everybody on the same UI and be able to update it (without recieving 100 calls of "I got this message box, what do I do????"). I'd also like my users protected from having their UI changed (maybe even forbidden). Being that this is a concern that I haven't seen mentioned in the 243 messages to this point, I thought I'd address it here.

Jacob Steenhagen