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.

#315 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by arielb

Sunday June 6th, 1999 4:42 AM

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MS couldn't get a complete CSS1 implementation in IE5 either. Why should you be concerned about what MS failed to do?

Anyway, yes of course I know what an abstraction is. What I'd like to see is the argument using specific examples and data. There is the theoretical argument (XUL will be slow because it's runtime vs native) and the practical response (XUL ends up being faster or at least 'acceptable' because more effort was spent on optimization, UI speed is not as critical because people are slower than computers anyway, etc). In any event, I found this interesting quote from S. Houston concerning the UI:

"Another trick is to set border:1px and padding:1px on the default. Then, when :hover is appled, just change the color and style of the border, and leave the padding the same. This is a huge speed increase--for me, it makes the mouseover behavior of Mozilla on par with that of IE's. If you want to have a background show through when the titledbutton is borderless, just make the border color be transparent."

I'm sure people from all over will come up with ingenious tricks that will refute the long-held theories. This happens everywhere. MS big bucks doesn't always guarantee bug-free CSS1 support and a XUL based UI doesn't always mean it will be slow and ugly.