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.

#336 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by Bruce

Tuesday June 8th, 1999 3:55 AM

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First let me address the 'look & feel' issue.

When I say 'look & feel', I'm not referring to any one single UI attribute such as performance, etc...

'Look & Feel' encompasses many things and describing it via a message would be similar to describing a picture via a message... very difficult. I know that sounds like a real cop out, but it is not.

Let me ask you first, what major Win32 application out there sports an XP UI? Or better yet, you can forget XP all together, and go simply by a customizable/skinnable UI that's resolved at runtime?

Now, if you have managed to think of any... I myself, cannot... how many of those are sold with the intention of generating a profit?

Now... look at the final results before you. Skinnable/Customizable/etc... UI's are nothing new... if they are so hot and 'indifferent' to the 'look&feel' of a native UI then why is such a UI implementation in the Windows market so rare? Of course, such UI implementations are quite popular in the Linux market.

Let's face it... the UI is extremely important. Opera is a perfect example of a killer browser that's held back not so much because it has a $30 price tag... but because it sports a UI that's unacceptable to most.

If NeoPlanet would have developed a 'static', well designed, high performance wrapper for IE, rather than what they did, I have no doubt's it's use would be much more common with IE users. Let's face it... the IE UI is a bit plain... but it's fast, solid, smooth, and consistent. Something NeoPlanet can never be.

Now since my last suggestion was a bit too drastic. How's about this: Have a couple guy's build a native Win32 UI for the browser ONLY... then have a XUL implemented UI for the browser ONLY... next, rent a booth space for a weekend at a major 'flea' market (or something like that, I think San Jose has a major one)... setup 3 or 4 PC's with both styles of browsers and solicit feedback from as many passerbys as you can over the course of a whole weekend. Record their opinions on which they liked better and then, at the end of the weekend, tally the results. Which ever wins, is the way to go. I believe the Win32 will win by a long shot.

Now, before you start laughing or something, I will put my money where my mouth is and pay for the booth space myself... shouldn't be any more than $200 to $300.

The important thing here is for you to get feedback on this kind of stuff from people outside of, outside of mozillazine, and outside of the 'techie' mindset all together.

Sorry I took so long to write all this...