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.

#88 Re:MozillaZine's ChromeZone Now Open!

by kerz <>

Wednesday May 26th, 1999 1:39 PM

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OK, so I've read almost every post here, many have good points, some don't. I made the MZ skin, and I think I can navigate around XUL fairly well now, so I guess I will comment.

WhatCanXULDo, this is my responce to your post...

>1) Can it support drag and drop?

Yes! Its not part of the builds yet, as its buggy, but support is there, and is being perfected.

>2) Can it do anything besides roll-over buttons using gifs? What if I wanted a progress bar?

Check the bottom, that progress bar is XUL when the page is loading. You can do what you want with it.

>3) Is it really that dynamic? Could I add a splitpane with an text widget to my toolbar, and use it to sent instant messages?

Check the sidebar/aurora/flash panel. Support of AOLIM seems to be coming, along with many other services.

>4) Can I add a button that drops down a popup menu when you click it?

It's also coming. The Services bar along the bottom has the buttons, but the popups are not yet implemented.

>5) I would love to be able to wire up an ICQ or Java applet to a text widget at the bottom of my Mozilla window. Can XUL do this? IE5 can.

Someone said they were wiring up a game to play inline while pages were loading, so I think your answer is yes. You can put anything you put into a webpage on a toolbar, and more. IE5 can do this!?! I'd love to see that.


Secondly, these are NOT SKINS. Skins are pictures that cover the existing program with a bitmap. XUL is a complete interface. Not only does it tell you what color the buttons are going to be, like a skin, but unlike a skin, it tells the program where the buttons go, and what buttons to use when. For those of you who think XUL is just a fun coloring tool for toolbars, you are dead wrong. When you load apprunner, XUL defines everything you see, from the window size right down to what to colors appear on the status bar widget.

Give our skin a try. It will hopefully show you that while you can change the colors, you can do so much more. We have added all kinds of toolbar buttons, that people have asked for for ages. Don't want the security button? Delete it. Want a button that goes right to your prefs? Make one. Want to have a scrolling JS/Java Stockticker, sportsticker, newsticker RIGHT ON YOUR TOOLBAR? Then put one in! You have to look at the big picture.

Apprunners interface is not the one that will used when finished. I'm sure it will be an option, but not the default. All I ask is that you give it a chance. If you don't like it, MAKE YOUR OWN!

Jason Kersey/kerz/MozAdmin2