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.

#6 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by mozineAdmin

Tuesday May 25th, 1999 2:39 PM

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It's not "skins", it's a cross-platform application "chrome" creation mechanism that utilizes the nglayout rendering engine for its work. It's expandable in such a way that not only is the look definable, but the actions of buttons, as well. For example, we at MozillaZine are planning on redoing the "toolbar" aspect of out article administration in XUL (the XML-based chrome definition language). That way, we download the navigation once, and it's installed on our system - we don't have to bother with HTML navigation, and our article admin becomes more like an actual application.

It is, in fact, the entire backbone of the new user interface, and if you don't like it, you're pretty much out of luck, and you'll have to grab NeoPlanet (which, coincidentally, also has a customizable UI) or some other Gecko offshoot.

The simple fact is that creating a UI for 10 different Operating Systems is a waste of effort when you can code up one UI and have it work immediately on those 10 different platforms. That fact becomes even more important when you realize that the application you're creating generates zero revenue.