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.


#78 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by Kovu <Kovu401@netscape.net>

Wednesday May 26th, 1999 1:00 PM

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Netscape is working on the Netscape branded UI, and it will be quite similar, I'm sure, to the current one. They won't just bash it together, they have design people that work on those completely seperate from coders. Most users may well go for awhile without knowing they can change their browser UI, and stick with the Netscape one.

But Netscape will be only one of thousands of available custom browsers, and come to think of it the branded Netscape will lose most of its share (and so will IE lose its) to the Doczillas, Realplayer UI, Disney UIs, and all that. This means the browser war really is over, and that all the current players lose, but we get a standard that works, and Web browsing is forever free from proprietary clutches -- Netscape's, Microsoft's or otherwise. I think it's beautiful, and XUL will sell it.

BTW, I'm not bashing Winamp, I'm just saying that the skins are much more difficult to deal with than these "link UIs", and that comparing Winamp, a product not very many people have as compared to Netscape, and Winamp's skins to a browser, which EVERYBODY has, is not a good comparison. If people can change their look and feel with one single click they'll probably do it as often as they change web pages, especially since it will help navigate particular sites. How much easier would this site be to deal with if you had a "mozzillazine home" button and a "chromezone" button and all that as buttons on your browser? how many less times would people double send messages? It just makes sense.