Gecko's Realm Gets a Facelift
I am issuing this "statement" as a means to clear up and explain some of things that have been discussed regarding the Gecko's Realm in the Talkbalk section.
The Gecko's Realm was purely created to demonstrate and test what is and what isn't working in Mozilla using the set standards. Nothing more, nothing less. Quite a few of you have inferred that the site should have been designed with the general public in mind. This was never my intent. The target audience are the engineers directly involed in the building of Mozilla and, to a lesser extent, Mozilla suppoters who are curious to know what is/isn't working. I'll jump the gun here and say that the site doesn't even claim to be a definitive guide to everything...just the things I have been experimenting on.
I would like to take the opportunity now to reply to a couple of the most recent postings in Talkback.
Nick wrote on Sunday August 8th, 1999 06:55:14 PM:
By deliberately doing things in the most exciting and new ways, you exclude everyone who isn't viewing your site with the very latest (not to say extremely unstable) desktop browsers.
As I have explained above, the intent of the site is to assist the engineers in pinpointing problems. It was never meant for the general public.
set the resolution nice and low
A lot of people seems to have a major issue with my use of 800x600 as the screen res. As I have stated in earlier postings, the site will still work on other resolutions. Say you are using 1024x768. The site will function as designed, only the positioning will be a little off. Instead of the icons appearing near the right edge of the page, it appears around the 3/4 mark. But having said all this, the screen res has nothing to do with the essence of the site's intent.
The first thing I do with these pages is view them in a nice, simple, standards compliant browser which doesn't have CSS.
If the browser is standards compliant but doesn't do CSS then how in the world do you expect it to render the pages since it has no idea what to do with the CSS??? It would be like someone running a page using JS on a browser that can't do JS...page is *not* going to work.
Anon wrote on Monday August 9th, 1999 12:52:01 AM:
If you want to do fancy absolute positioning animation then at least use an initial layout that is viewable on other browsers.
First and foremost, the site was meant for demonstrating/testing Mozilla. I am under *no* obligation to make it viewable on other browsers...not to mention it would completely defeat the purpose of the site's exsistence.
Don't write JS that *deliberately* breaks other browsers.
This is a very serious accusation you are making for which you have not offered any proof. Let me make this very clear, I have *not* used any JS code that is proprietary or meant to break other browsers. The code was written using the DOM Level 1 specs. If a browser does not fully support the DOM, then the code won't run. This is not my problem but rather that of the browser maker.
In closing, the demos/tests that I have are not the "be all and end all" of demos/tests. If any of you feel that you can create better stuff, then by all means go and do it and I will be rooting for you. I don't mind critisism as long as it is constructive and not hidden behind an Anon posting. What I do mind is some of the "cheap shots" and insults that have been aimed towards me. These do sting and I highly doubt anyone of you would like to be on the receiving end of one. At the end of the day, we are all on the same team...trying to make Mozilla an awesome browser.
This will be the last that you will here from me regarding this subject on MozillaZine.
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