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== Setting up the chrome.manifest file ==
== Setting up the chrome.manifest file ==

Revision as of 15:46, 26 November 2006

Note: This page is still under construction

Setting up an application file structure

First set up the application file structure to the following:

       your app files

For more information about this section please visit the following link: File/Folder Structure

Setting up the application.ini file

The following is a sample application.ini file.

 Name=Hello World Application
 Copyright=Copyright (c) 2006 

To find more information about this file, click on the following link: application.ini File

Setting up the chrome.manifest file

For this example, the chrome.manifest file contains the following:

 content myapp file:content/

Setting up the prefs.js file

The following was used for this simple application.

pref("toolkit.defaultChromeURI", "chrome://myapp/content/main.xul");

The pref function needs to be passed in two arguements. In this scenario, this document provided an explaination on what those two arguements are:

  • toolkit.defaultChromeURI is a preferences which allows a simple XULRunner-based application to open a new window
  • chrome://myapp/content/main.xul is the location of the main XUL file.

Creating some XUL

For the similicity of this application, we're going to create a simple XUL window that says hello world.

  <?xml version="1.0"?>
  <?xml-stylesheet href="chrome://global/skin/" type="text/css"?>

  <window id="main" title="My App" width="300" height="300"
    <caption label="Hello World"/>

Running the application

To run the application, type the following:

If your on Windows:

 xulrunner.exe application.ini

If your on Linux:

xulrunner application.ini

If your on Mac:

 /Library/Frameworks/XUL.framework/xulrunner-bin application.ini

Make sure your in the application level of the XULRunner application.