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.

#308 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by Anon

Saturday June 5th, 1999 3:14 AM

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That's the problem Jake, it *IS* a big issue. Microsoft did extensive user testing on *two* different methods of customizable chrome implementations for Internet Explorer. The first method utilized an XML (I think I stated HTML in an earlier post, but it was XML) style markup similar to XUL. The second method utilized ChromeEffects, a Win32 technology tied to DirectX, DXTransforms, etc.

Despite the enthusiasm of the developers and support staff, both methods of the customizable UI's bombed after extensive user testing in favor of the standard IE UI.

I see the same thing going on here, the same excitement and enthusiasm those from the MS camp had. Everybody will think it will be so great and so cool. And it *is* cool. Unfortunatley, the mind of an end user can be somewhat surprising when all is said and done.

Despite the number of people here that disagree, XUL is not a good idea for Mozilla if it wants to retake the lead in the 'browser wars'. I have no reason in the world not to believe this, in fact, believing anything else would be nothing but raw speculation.

In case you're wondering, Jake, I have worked for MS before under contract through Volt. I was working at the redmond campus at the time all of this was going on. Like I stated in an earlier post, though, my heart has always been and always will be with Netscape & Co.