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.
#62 Sheesh, everybody RELAX.
Wednesday May 26th, 1999 6:02 AM
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Obviously you people haven't been dabbling in the Linux world much lately....customizing interfaces down to the pixel is all the rage here. It HAS produced a lot of fluff, but it also has produced some really nice stuff. The ability to customize the interface ("chrome" in Mozilla-land) is very useful. I could make Mozilla blend in with my KDE or Gnome desktop (as opposed to Netscape's Motif interface which sticks out like a sore thumb).
Like it or not, themes and customization are becoming more the rage. I used to hate it too, but think about it this way: it gives the user the ultimate control to decide what he sees, as opposed to being forced into one interface or another. Personally I like how the chrome spec gives me better control over how the UI looks than dabbling with .Xresources files and the like.
I don't think Mozilla's functionality should be compromised to produce this chrome, but I do think it is important. Think about the 'oh wow!' value as well...people are going to SEE how Mozilla can be changed to their liking and they are going to be impressed. Yes it's fluff, but it is important fluff.