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.


#67 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by Jeff McAdams <jeffm@iglou.com>

Wednesday May 26th, 1999 9:41 AM

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One point that I haven't seen mentioned is the incredible win that Customizable Chrome and functionality of that chrome, and *especially* downloadable chrome is for corporate situations (include ISP situations here too).

Imagine a corporation that on their standard desktop includes as the startup of mozilla as: apprunner -url http://intranetserver/chrome.xul or whatever. Then, when the corporation wants to add a new button and new funtionality to their corporate desktops, what do they do? Go and edit a text file on their web server...with the current setup, within two weeks, the whole corporation will see this button or whatever start appearing on their desktop. This is a *HUGE* win for corporate america which has been tangling with manageability of distributed systems for quite some time now.

A similar situation works for ISPs. Many ISPs (I work for one) want to use a customizable browser for their members. With downloadable chrome, not only could a customizable browser be distributed, but it could be updated on the fly! Say an ISP implements a new network status page...edit a text file on their web server, and within two weeks all the members have a new button appearing in their web browser toolbar that takes them straight to the network status page to find out if there are any network problems.

I don't think this type of benefit can possibly be overstated.

Jeff