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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.


#47 Re: Re: Re: Mozilla

by SmileyBen

Sunday August 19th, 2001 8:48 AM

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1) You're using a PRERELEASE. You clicked an button to accept the fact that this prerelease software could destroy your computer, explode the monitor and kill your children before you downloaded it. Or did you miss that bit. Please wait for an actual release before you complain about stability (which 1.0 /will/ have).

2) User stylesheets. Very Cool. Click 'view | use stylesheet' and you'll probably see the word 'none' selected, and no other options. Presumably (we can hope) by 1.0 there will be an interface for adding user stylesheets. What this means is that you can have a CSS file you have written, or downloaded, applied to any page you view. This means that you can 'skin' any webpage - you could have different stylesheets to make mozillazine look different, for example (though this is one small use).

3) I've never found a point-and-click program for writing a web browser. You usually have to type some stuff. Not like Theme Builder / Chameleon...

4) It's good that this page is unreadable in anything other than IE on Windows, isn't it? Oh, it is readable? That's because we have standards.

5) XUL. It's what finally achieves Netscape's vision of the browser as the platform. XUL is a cross-platforn interface that enables you to build any program you like from the Mozilla base. Take as examples: Navigator, Mail / News, Composer, Chatzilla, Komodo, Chameleon, Fabula, PubMed, JabberZilla...

Anyway, to address your original question, what exactly would you put on a page to show of what IE or Opera or Konqueror do, if none of these things are good enough? If you're going to claim that IE has extended standards in such a way that you can do exciting new things, then you'll shoot yourself in the foot. Mozilla has adopted standards in such a way that you can do exciting things, in a documented, predicatable way.

Things that I think are useful that Mozilla is lovely for are user-definible searching from the address bar (which I use /constantly/ with google), Chatzilla, Themes (though obviously not that much recently with so few current, but that should change with the feature freeze of 1.0), JavaScript console, and general stability and speed of rendering (yes, I'm serious), not mentioning security, or standards because they are a bit of a given.