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.

#276 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by benjc

Tuesday June 1st, 1999 2:10 PM

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Its really time to stop even dignifying MSNAKs arguments with an answer. His arguments are repetitive and circular, he contradicts himself oscillating between the position that the speed will kill the UI and the non-native look feel will kill the UI depending on which argument is shot down. His arguments can be simply responded to: Non-native look/feel will kill the product: NN3/NN4. Successful products, nuff said. Speed Issues: Wont be any noticable to 95+% of your end users. I cant tell a difference right now on my Win32 box. Inability to integrate with OS, namely windows: Yes, this will be harder, yes mozilla will be behind IE in this regard. The answer here is that we gain, XP ability, localization, internationalization, personalization, cool factor, added functionality possibilities(i.e. web apps), reduced UI development costs Conclusion: XUL, if it meets the performance expectations (which we have every reason to believe it will and none to believe it wont) will have only one disadvantage to IE on only one platform. This disadvantage is for now almost trivial. In exchange we get a huge amount of flexibility with the UI and ease of development. Also, my own thought on this is that as time goes on the network (i.e. the internet) will become even more the most important part of people's computers and the OS specific integration will become less important than integration with the important parts of the network which XUL could hardly be better for. p.s. give me a break on the "browserism" browser specific argument, remember, the XUL is the UI and it won't affect the web page contents, it can only be an add on.