Some Comments on the Leaked 6 Beta

Wednesday March 29th, 2000

If you visit sites other than MozillaZine, you might have gotten wind of an accidentally public version of Netscape 6 Beta. What had happened was that Netscape was doing some staging tests on an ftp server, and some folks got wind of this (and the direct links to the files) and spread the news far and wide. MozillaZine considered posting this news, but we contacted Netscape and they requested that we hold off, and told us that what was on the FTP server isn't necessarily everything that would be in the final Beta release. The links have since been removed. This release wasn't "unofficial", it was "accidental", and it wasn't a "preview release". The Beta itself may very well be branded a "Preview Release", but what people got was not some special "sneak peek", or anything of the sort.

The Netscape 6 Beta is coming, though, and we'll let you know as soon as there is something to report.

#39 DHTML problems

by superyooser

Friday March 31st, 2000 12:52 AM

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I had thought there was a lack of DHTML support too, but I knew that Mozilla was supposed to already support HTML 4.01, JavaScript 1.5, and CSS1. Then it hit me. The problems I have are probably caused by the new document object model, DOM1. (*You* may have encountered true DHTML bugs/lack of support.)

The W3C's DOM1 is different from both Netscape's and IE's DOMs. I haven't looked into the specifics yet, but apparently the common JS object detection that webmasters use now (document.layers for NS and document.all for IE) does not take into account whatever the object is for DOM1. (Anybody know?) If you are lumping "Netscape 4+" browsers together in a JS if statement, that will probably give you "DHTML problems" too.