Netscape 6 Released
Tuesday November 14th, 2000
Netscape 6 has been released. You can download the installer here.
#221 Re: hang on a second
Sunday November 19th, 2000 11:52 PM
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I think that xul has less to do with the issues you bring up than you're making it out to. As far as standards support, and other such features that are important to web developers, I think that xul is irrelevant. They could have used Gecko as a platform independent rendering engine but wrapped native front ends around it for each platform. I think that the fact that IE is so different on Mac and PC is more of a political issue at MS than a technical issue; for some reason they were willing to let their Mac IE team create a browser that was more standards based and didn't support some of the proprietary stuff in PC IE.
Just look at NS 4, not a great browser, of course, but it has a high level of consistency across platforms, and also native front ends for each platform.
Anyway I don't see NS 6 as so much of a quantum leap forward. XUL itself seems less like it is such a boon to end users and web developers than a way for Netscape to save money porting to new platforms. Standards compliance and standardization across platforms is welcome, of course, but this is possible by simply using Gecko for rendering, and without the huge performance and footprint hit that you get with XUL.
Besides, what you're saying seems to be that the value of Mozilla is that it has the exact same code running on all the platforms. Since when is that such a huge benefit? I thought the whole point of open standards was that you could write to them, and they would work with any standards compliant browser.