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.
#264 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!
by MozillaSupporterNOTAssKisser <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tuesday June 1st, 1999 5:51 AM
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There's a big difference between the Netscape Communicator UI that's resolved at compile time vs the Mozilla UI which is resolved at runtime.
Now since you brought it up... If I were you, I wouldn't consider NeoPlanet to be a success story on customizable UI's. It's use is but a mere fraction of the market, it's sluggish as hell, and more a less a novelty for kids.
As far as AOL and WinAMP goes... that's not what Mozilla will be competing against... it will be competing against IE.
In order for Mozilla to regain dominance in the browser market it can't be 'almost' as good as IE... or even just as good... it has to be better.
By now you're thinking 'it *will* be better than IE... it will fully support CSS1/2, DOM, ECMAScript, etc...' Unfortunatley, those attributes won't mean diddly to the average Windows user.
What is the average Windows user? I shall start by saying who it isn't. It's nobody in this forum and it's nobody that gives regular feedback to Mozilla.org. The average Windows user, ironically, is the one who's life doesn't revolve around computers and it's the one who could care less about Microsoft or Netscape... or any other software company for that matter.
So, Mozilla will be released in a 70%+ IE market when Win98 is 1 1/2+ years into release. Office2K will have been out for at least 6 months and more than likely Win2K will have been released.
Make no mistake that it will be a tough battle for Mozilla regardless of it's UI implementation. However, What would possibly compel the average Windows user to switch?
Performance and the user-interface.
A XUL implemented UI will *not* outperform it's native counterpart. What I would like to know is, since I assume you're a developer, how could you possibly think otherwise?
I suggest that a native UI be developed for Mozilla as well... if anything for a test bed to compare against the XUL implementation prior to releasing the final version. Considering what's at stake, I think it would be a wise thing to do.