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Making your own customized Mozilla-based browser or browser suite is easy. Simply make your own Mozilla skins or chromes. Next add your default bookmarks, channels, and other such portal items to the Sidebar tabs as well as sell Sidebar tab links to Reuters, CNN, ebay, amazon.com or whomever. Then distribute your customized Mozilla package along with your customized skin as the default skin or chrome.

Anyone, even you, can do this Mozilla-skinning and custom browser-suite building. When you think about it, that is one heck of an implication for you, Web site owners, and all sorts of organizations and business enterprises. Moreover, by charging commercial organizations such as Reuters, CNN, ebay, amazon.com or whomever to be included in your Sidebar links and portals, you can generate some nice revenue too.

Mozilla Skinning Is Easy

What makes this Mozilla skinning so easy to do technically is that what you see when you open Mozilla or Netscape 6 (NS6) is not the Mozilla or NS6 program itself. What you see essentially is an interactive Web page generated by Mozilla and its Gecko layout engine.

Web page is an oversimplification. The Mozilla Web-browser face is similar to a Web page in that it is laid out by Mozilla's Gecko engine much as the Gecko engine lays out a Web page. Mozilla-the-browser is a combination of text, images, widgets and so forth laid out by Gecko to form an interactive user interface. That interactive user interface is very much similar to a Web page. Something we will call a "Web-like page" here.

Figure 3, above, shows the default classic Mozilla skin interactive web-like page that Mozilla lays out. In Figure 3, there is no Web page displayed -- just the Web-like page that is what amounts to the Mozilla browser. This also is pretty much what the Mozilla-based Netscape 6.0 browser Web-like page is also -- as shown in Figure 4.

It's the same thing for the Composer, E-Mail, News, and Chat client modules that are part of the Mozilla and Netscape 6 Web-browser suites. They too all are interactive Web-like pages.

Article Index

Page 1
Introduction &Overview
Page 2

Comparing the Mozilla & Netscape Skins

Page 3

Branding Your Lizard

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Mozilla Is Right Choice

Page 5

Mozilla Skinning Easy

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Mozilla Applications Programming Framework

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Lizard Skinning Tools

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Conclusion

Resources Section

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