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No Medical Degree Required to Customize a Mozilla Skin

Through most of our Mozilla-skinning series we will guide you through some easy to do modifications of the Mozilla browser that require little, if any CSS, JS, XML, or XUL skills. That's because at the easiest level of Mozilla manipulation, all you need do is to open a few chrome and skin files. Then simply make a few obvious changes. And, voila' you have a customized Mozilla browser.

However, to work on your own, even at the easiest Mozilla manipulations levels, you will need to have at least a minimum idea of what CSS, JavaScript and XML (Extensible Markup Language) are and how to at least read simple JavaScript (JS) and XML code. If you are not familiar with JS or XML, or you need to brush up on or improve your JS and XML skills, we suggest you go through Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours, 2nd ed. or Teach Yourself XML in 21 Days from Sams Publishing. For CSS, please refer to Cascading Style Sheets: the Definitive Guide, from O'Reilly. There is more information about these and other related books plus links in the Resources Section at the end of this article.

Skinning Tools

To work along with us in our Mozilla questing, if you already have not done so please download and install the 17 November 2000 Mtrunk Mozilla daily build. Mozilla M-18 is the latest release and is the Mozilla version upon which NS 6.0 is based. However, the 17 November Mtrunk build is lots better than either M-18 or NS 6.0 so we use that Mtrunk build for our Mozilla-skinning tour and tutorial. There are download links for this stuff in the Resources Section at the end of this article.

As explained above, under current plans there will be no new numbered developer release until Mozilla 0.9 next year. And the numbering skips from Mozilla 0.6 to Mozilla 0.9. So we have taken the liberty of calling the 17 November 2000 Mtrunk builds Mozilla 0.7 for the purposes of this article.

You need a simple text editor such as Windows Notepad or *nix vi or pico. If you have an HTML editor such as ViaPage, HomeSite, or GoLive that can handle JavaScript and/or XML, you can use that too.

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

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Mozilla Applications Programming Framework

Page 7

Lizard Skinning Tools

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Resources Section

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