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.

#53 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by Kovu <>

Tuesday May 25th, 1999 10:23 PM

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You are comparing the few thousand people in the world that A)own Winamp and B) know or care about its skins enough to download and C) know how to install them (and to what directory all that complicated crap) to over 70% of the browsing market that will use Netscape once AOL switches, maybe in September maybe later, and God knows how many more if Netcenter becomes an ISP.

Hell, Desktop themes are popular, and those are a complete pain in the ass for the average person, beyond most of them actually.

With XUL links on sites all you'll have to click one hyperlink to change your UI, two if you preview it first. You'll see an XUL link next to every FAQ site within a month or two of its commercial release, maybe after beta release.

And that Kid browser already DOES have the look and feel of a native UI, and it will be further perfected in the next two months. Mozillazine looks horrible with standard gray as compared to its matching black and green. The only way to get those colors outside of a desktop theme in Windows now is to go to change your Appearance settings and mess with all that crap, and then tweak with your browser UI preferences to match and, honestly, no one messes with that! Then you compare that to clicking one, maybe two hyperlinks to preview, or not bother, any site's customizeable buttons and online functions and goodies. Surfing kind of sucks now because your UI kind of just lays there mostly ignored, where it could be really helping you surf that site. You'll go to real, click one or two hyperlinks, and have multiple radio stations, with buttons with your flash panel capabilities notifying you of and status and upcoming songs. That, plus the convenience of dealing with what is basically another Cache, , so the system is constantly purging itself like the cache and runs invisibly in the background, like the cache.

Will fonts be shareable as well? Can you finally use a font and then safely assume people will have access to them by inputing them in a theme? I know that more features are being added all the time.