MozillaZine

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.



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#359 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by Anthony

Tuesday June 8th, 1999 1:17 PM

You are replying to this message

I'll be making a total of two posts to this thread and then I shall save further comment for the netscape.public.mozilla.xpfe discussion group. My first response is in regards to SSA's comments and my second will be that of a question for Hyatt.

Hello SSA,

I'm guessing that your abstinence from this discussion occured when strong points were being made suggesting that XUL was not in the best interest of Mozilla.

The 'chrome' of MSIE 5.0 was originally slated to be an XML wrapper that would be rendered by the ShellDocObject itself. In other words, the IE engine was going to render the UI based on it's description in an XML document: Surprisingly similar to how NGLayout will render it's UI through XUL.

Obviously, that didn't happen. It didn't happen for one reason, and one reason only: Extensive user testing showed that users preferred the win32 chrome over the chrome described with XML.

This was the second, and final, setback for M$ in it's quest for an 'innovative' IE chrome. The first flop involved using a technology called ChromeEffects which was rejected mainly because of it's hardware requirements and harsh criticisms from 3rd party developers.

Although these events weren't highly publicized, they were far from being a well-kept secret.

I'm somewhat miffed as to why this tidbit of info was swept under the rug, since it tipped the scales from speculation vs. speculation to 'real world data' vs. speculation: in favor of not supporting XUL.

Anthony