mozilla.org Releases 0.9.2.1
Tuesday August 14th, 2001
mozilla.org today released the source code for 0.9.2.1, which is the code that matches Netscape 6.1. This comes from the 0.9.2 branch, and is being made available both as part of the MPL license requirement, and as a way for third parties to easily use it to write compatible plugins and addon features to Netscape 6.1, as well as Mozilla.
#133 Re: Re: Re: Want to compare rendering speeds?
Monday September 3rd, 2001 2:15 PM
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"Honestly, I think this 'rendering speed' issue doesn't interest us dial-up users (56K/64K/128K). Speed limitations due to modem technology and ISP's limited backbone bandwidth is much more of a loading performance problem here in Europe."
I agree that that's true in most cases. But if a site takes a long time to download, there's a definite advantage if the browser can render what's already been received rather than having to wait until the whole page has been downloaded - as NCSA Mosaic used to make you do. (Though this is more dependent on a browser's incremential reflow abilities than its rendering speed.)
In the example mentioned, IE took ages to render the page and actually stopped transferring data at some points. I don't know the reason for this (but I'm pretty certain it wasn't due to the Internet being busy) but it was certainly nice to be able to see some of the page earlier in Mozilla.