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Skinning Your Custom XUL Applications

This article will explain how to create a skin for your own XUL applications. There are two ways to do this, both of which will be explained. You will need some knowledge of CSS to get the most out of this article.

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By: Dan Wellman
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May 01, 2006
  1. · Skinning Your Custom XUL Applications
  2. · Setting up a Stylesheet
  3. · Register or Not
  4. · The Moment of Truth

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Skinning Your Custom XUL Applications - The Moment of Truth
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As I said before, you can't use this skin with Mozilla itself by selecting it here in the preferences dialog because, although it has been registered, it hasn't actually been installed.  This would normally be done using a downloadable archive containing an install script which is usually run directly within Mozilla. 

Now for the moment of glory; open up your XUL application and the skin settings should be applied:


You should be seeing your application as if the skin file was simply attached to the file locally instead of via the chrome URL. 

So these are the two ways in which styles or themes can be applied to an application you've created. Unfortunately however, neither of these mechanisms is suitable for having a system whereby users of your application can programmatically change to another skin. In order to do this, as with Mozilla itself, you need to make use of another area of XUL: overlays, which can be used either to connect common or shared XUL elements to your main application file to cut down on coding, or to dynamically apply new content to applications, without the said applications original code being modified.

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