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.
#270 Goodness ppl....
Tuesday June 1st, 1999 1:13 PM
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This forum keeps growing and growing... and it's all repeatitive. "XUL won't be accepted, yes it will, no it won't, yes it will." There's really only one way to find out for sure, and that's wait.
Personally, I think it will do just fine. The average user (not me, not you [you're reading news about a product 6 months away from realease, you're not average]) will not know the difference between a native UI and an UXL UI (MSNAK, you said it yourself, only a devoloper truely knows the difference), they'll only know if it's "sluggish" or "it works" (believe me, I'm a Network admin/help desk person, I hear those kind of comments all the time). If Mozilla devolpers can make it so "it works", then it will be accepted (even tho most ppl won't know they've accepted anything new). If it's sluggish, then only ppl with fast computers will use it (irregardless of what OS they're running).
MSNAK, you also stated "Performance and the user-interface" would cause the average user to switch, and ya know what, you're exactly right. I'm sure that once the XUL UI is done, it will be just as fast as a native UI (see about 100 of the previous posts for this info... :O) So Mozilla has to do a little better than IE (at least that's what you said). What's better? Customization. And what's even better than that? Fast customization. What's XUL? Fast customiztion. If this is done correctly, it just might be the insentive to get the average user to use this software instead of IE. (After all, standards complience on it's own won't do it, right?)