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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.


#32 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by SteveP

Tuesday May 25th, 1999 5:32 PM

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1. Personally, I'm not interested in customizing my browser by giving it different 'skins'. I'm not interested in customizing the 'look and feel' of my browser. BUT there are lots of real users who would. And we're not talking about individual people, but, for example, Yahoo, Excite, who would want to customize the browser UI for their markets. There are already skins for kids, for example. Mostly, these are just examples of what could happen, but the ideas are there.

2. The big idea behind XUL allows people to build an XP application to do whatever they want, with all the UI being handle with CSS and HTML instead of proprietry stuff. Most applications could be ported easily among ANY platform if it wasn't for UI. By allowing the UI problem to be solved simply, you achieve much better XP parity.

Take, for example, Mathematica (<http://www.wolfram.com/>). I used it at college a few years ago. The Windows front end had some customized UI which displayed equations, graphs, tables, etc.

Imagine what Mathematica 5 could be like with their toolbars written in XUL. The main app being just a gecko window. They could do everything they can today without writing ANY UI. And it would work XP.

Regarding the comment: The easiest thing to do in the short-run is typically the worst thing in the long-run: It's easy right now to go the cross-platform UI route, in the long run it will be sheer suicide.

-- This is bull. You have to remember that Netscape has 'been-there-done-that' and the FE code did not look pretty. The XUL implementation is not the easiest way to go, but the benfits in terms of maintainability and expandablity will be huge.