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.
#34 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!
Tuesday May 25th, 1999 6:03 PM
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Oh boy, give me a chance to catch up folks!
To Kidzi/Kevin: Well said, and yes, I do see the benefits of XUL. I just don't believe that such a UI implementation will fare well in the long run compared to a native UI.
To mozineAdmin: I do see the benefits of XUL and thank you for pointing them out. How practical is it to have a 'dynamic' UI? It will of course only work in Mozilla? Above all, is it worth giving up a solid, smooth, fast, and consistent UI? NeoPlane and Opera are two browsers that have both received a lot of hype yet who's total use is relatively small, and I don't beleive it's because of the way they render web documents but rather their ill-fated user interfaces.
To Jedbro: I don't why you brought up IE. IE has nothing to do with what I'm talking about. Like I've said before, XUL has many benefits, but those benefits I do not believe outweigh it's costs. What can be integrated into a native UI? Native UI components/controls, of course. I respect your happiness with the current UI of Mozilla, I just hope the general browsing population will share the same enthusiasm. Personally, I doubt that will be the case.
To Jim Lee: I'm not sure why IE keeps coming into this, or AOL for that matter, and I don't see where I have contradicted myself, but under-estimating the significance of the UI is not a good thing. I don't know what, or where, you have been reading but the latest surveys show IE at a solid 60% plus in corporations, this is not good.