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MozillaQuest the Series -- Building Your Own Mozilla-Based Web Browser:

Part I, Skinning the Lizard -- Introduction, Overview, & Basics

by Mike Angelo (

6 December 2000

The Lizard-genie is out of the bottle. Netscape 6 and its Mozilla parent are skin-able. That allows you to change the appearance of these popular browsers, thus giving them your own customized look and feel. In Netscape 6 and Mozilla, these skins are called themes.

Everyone from average Web-surfers to major Web developers, ISPs, government organizations, educational institutions, publications, dot-coms,enterprises, and so forth now easily can have their own, custom-built Web browser suite. They can distribute their own, branded, customized browser suites to customers, clients, employees, partners, friends, or whomever.

Customizing the Mozilla browser suite is exactly what AOL/Netscape has done in producing its Netscape 6.0 browser suite. Figure 1a shows the Mozilla 0.7 browser Modern skin (theme) and Figure 1b shows the Netscape 6.0 Modern skin. In these downsized screenshots, there is not much noticeable difference at all. The Modern skin is the default Netscape 6.0 skin.

Figure 1a. Mozilla 0.7 Modern skin
Figure 1b. Netscape 6.0 Modern skin

Article Index

Page 1
Introduction &Overview
Page 2

Comparing the Mozilla & Netscape Skins

Page 3

Branding Your Lizard

Page 4

Mozilla Is Right Choice

Page 5

Mozilla Skinning Easy

Page 6

Mozilla Applications Programming Framework

Page 7

Lizard Skinning Tools

Page 8


Resources Section

Page 9

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