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.
#349 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!
Tuesday June 8th, 1999 9:34 AM
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Hey Bruce, Was just catching up on old posts... a few comments.
"why is [Skinnable/Customizable/etc...] UI implementation in the Windows market so rare?"
Ummm... what's Windows 95/98 Plus then? ever since win3.1, Microsoft has allowed (albiet limited) costumization of the entire GUI interface. There's millions of theme's floating around out on the Net. It seems almost second nature to want to do something to make the desktop more personalized (heck I even made a rudimentary "Bob & Doug" theme). Second, every major Productivity, are development App MS puts out now has customizable drag & drop toolbars. Users can add and create there own button, and even code them with Macros. All sorts of third party software has this same functionality (Corel, Allaire, Lotus ...).
while "skinable" isn't quite common place (except the "desktop themes"), customizable is there BIG TIME.
Now, re: this ephemeral "look & feel" you can't seem to discribe, but are dead certain will kill XUL.
You made a "button" demo to, I'm assuming, prove this point. Instead of e-mailing it to a select few... stick it on a web site somewhere so we can all "look & feel" for ourselves. (please don't e-mail it to me... if I want it, I'll download it)