Friday March 3rd, 2000
This weekend's discussion: What keeps you interested in Mozilla, and what expectations do you have?
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I can't switch to IE, because I find practically everything about it insulting -- from its interface to its error messages. I have to have it on my machine (I run Win98), but I refuse to run it (except when testing site designs).
I hate that they lump together plugins and activex controls under the same security designation (Run ActiveX controls and Plugins) -- resulting in a dialog box every time a page with a plugin comes up (because I refuse to give ActiveX controls free reign over my machine).
The UI is inane (what the hell is up with that little e-over-a-page icon that's in the URL bar (where it performs one action) and in the IE equivalent of the personal toolbar (where it does nothing, but is there for looks), and in the status bar (where it does absolutely nothing, and has no reason to be there). And the gray toolbar icons which becomes colored _upon rollover_? Jeez...
From months of seeing security bugs found in their mail system -- partially due to IE's tight OS integration -- I refuse to use their default mail reader (can you say Melissa?).
I don't find its supposed CSS and other standards superiority to be of sufficient benefit to warrant a switch, because as any simple testing shows, 5.5 doesn't even live up to Mozilla's standards support at this time (try it on David Baron's CSS test suite), or on one of the DOM test suites out there. And partial implementation, as I have stated in the past, is still a hindrance to standardization.