Mozilla/Netscape 6 FAQ

Tuesday April 18th, 2000

Gerbil writes, "Having been using Mozilla for many months, and in light of the recent attention that Mozilla has gained with the release of Netscape 6 Preview Release 1, I decided to make a Mozilla/Netscape6 FAQ to address many of the common questions, misconceptions and complaints about it.

To finish the FAQ I am asking the help from MozillaZine and its readers to critique every word of it. This includes corrections, suggestions, advice, etc.

The FAQ as at my site at and email me your comments about it to


#1 server down?

by basic

Tuesday April 18th, 2000 11:30 AM

Can't seem to get to the FAQ, is the server down?

#2 Re: server down?

by gerbilpower

Tuesday April 18th, 2000 11:37 AM

It is right now, not sure how long it'll last but I just emailed my host provider about it.

#3 It's working now (N/T) <:3)~~

by gerbilpower

Tuesday April 18th, 2000 12:02 PM

It's working now (N/T) <:3)~~

#4 Can't talk now, working.

by SomeSmartAss

Tuesday April 18th, 2000 12:35 PM

All in all, very nice job.

Found a bunch of gramatical errors (same sort of stuff I usually find in my own writting ;-) but I'm a work right now, so I can't enumerate them just yet...

#5 Packages, Skins, Chromes, and Themes

by gerbilpower

Tuesday April 18th, 2000 1:46 PM

I know it's been discussed here before but I need to know the definitions between "packages," "skin," "chromes," "themes," and many other related words that have often been confused. I want to make that clear in my FAQ.



#10 Has anyone read the UI FAQ?

by Waldo

Wednesday April 19th, 2000 12:21 AM

Well, check out the User Interface FAQ for Mozilla, the latest version of which is up here at this address:



#11 Thanx!

by gerbilpower

Wednesday April 19th, 2000 1:26 AM

I totally forgot about it, thanx! I'll read it and update my FAQ with it tomorrow, right now I need to sleep ...


#6 Not Fair, you beat me to it ;)

by dave532

Tuesday April 18th, 2000 5:37 PM

After reading the Netscape 6 newsgroups:* I decided that I was going to write a FAQ as most of the people in the group didn't seem to understand Mozilla. I was going to start on it yesterday but ended up spending most of the day on the phone complaining to my ISP so never got it started.

I can't access your page at the moment but I blame my ISP, as there's been loads of sites that they've been having routing problems with lately.

#7 LOL

by gerbilpower

Tuesday April 18th, 2000 5:55 PM

Well sorry I bet you to it, but hey I'm making my FAQ kinda "open source." Give me your thoughts :)


#8 Corrections

by badben

Tuesday April 18th, 2000 9:34 PM

Glossary ========

> Word-Wide-Web Consortium - also known as W3C, or just W3


> W3C [...] approving the Internet standards used to display and organize content on the Internet

s/on the Internet/for the WWW/

The WWW is only a small part of the Internet.

Mozilla ======= > It would be Netscape's job ...

Delete that sentence. It's not only Netscape's job, and you explain that in the next question.

> The Internet is made up of various standards, most of them maintained by the World-Wide-Web Consortium.


Nonsense. See above.

> Mozilla's complex evolution

Add, that Mozilla has only roughly 5% of source code in common with Comm. 4.x.

NS6 ===

> there have been a number of skins created

Tecnically, they're chromes, since the default chrome is not skinnable at the moment (BenGoodger is working on it IIRC).

> Why is it so slow?

Performance is on the schedule for PR3.

> Because of this unfortunately situation


Other =====

> Mozilla offers full support

Be very carefull. E.g. are you sure, that JPEG2000 is supported (I don't know)?

You forgot the mail/news standards.

> Proprietary standards, [...] even Netscape's own additions such as the LAYER tag, are not supported

Wrong. XUL, XBL etc.

> AmigaOS


#9 Re: Corrections

by gerbilpower

Tuesday April 18th, 2000 10:18 PM

Thanx for the corrections, I'll have them uploaded tonight.

I do know that there is a difference between skin, chrome, package, and maybe a few other words, but I don't know what exactly the differences are, nor their exact definitions. If you can explain them for me, that would be great and more material to add and clarify in the FAQ.

Finally, I double checked and you're right about the Amiga port. There has been some talk and a page dedicated to such a port, but nothing yet. That wasn't clear in my head originally.



#12 UI Glossary

by badben

Friday April 21st, 2000 10:59 PM

I guess, you've seen the MozillaZine news from 19th about the updated Mozilla UI FAQ. An addition: Mozilla chrome is mostly the traditional "frontend". However, also some full apps (ChatZilla etc.) are just "chrome"s (or could be in theory).

Supported Mailnews standards (not sure, if all are 100%ly supported): POP3, IMAP, NNTP, SMTP, MIME, MHTML (I think), format=flowed (RFC2646)