Interesting Articles

Saturday January 27th, 2001

Asa Dotzler writes in with pointers to a couple of interesting articles at and He says the Scott Andrews article is definitely worth reading and if you're looking for something of a lower 'slashdot-esque' quality then check out the rant at freshmeat.

#6 One part of this I don\\\'t get

by vondo

Monday January 29th, 2001 8:40 AM

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This quote from the first article struck me as really off-the-wall:

\\\\\\\"They really missed the boat. These browsers are not meant for viewing pages. That\\\\\\\'s oldthink.

\\\\\\\"Netscape 6, Mozilla, Opera -- any browser that supports DOM/CSS -- should be regarded as application browsers. This is different than a web browser. A web browser is designed to view pages on the Web. An application browser is specialized. It\\\\\\\'s made for working with web applications.

\\\\\\\"Just as you wouldn\\\\\\\'t use the Hubble telescope to look for a dropped contact lens, you wouldn\\\\\\\'t use an application browser to surf the web. It\\\\\\\'s too sophisticated.\\\\\\\"

Granted, mozilla and derivatives are *more* than just web browsers, but to suggest that someone should switch back and forth depending on if you wanted and application browser or a web browser is ludicrous. Especially when the lines are blurry between what is \\\\\\\"application\\\\\\\" and what is just \\\\\\\"browsing\\\\\\\"

This is similar to why I use mozilla as my news/mail reader. I don\\\\\\\'t use it because its the best tool for those jobs but because its coupled. I.e., I can save newsgroup messages in mail folders, I can click on a URL and have the browser load it, I can send myself HTML through e-mail, the list goes on.