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Full Article Attached Update on Tree Plan for 0.9.4

Saturday August 25th, 2001

Asa Dotzler has sent in an update to what mozilla.org's plans are for the 0.9.4 milestone. Click the full article link for more info on this, and what you can do to help.


#81 Re: Re: Comments

by Tanyel <tanyel@straightblack.com>

Wednesday August 29th, 2001 11:59 PM

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"Whoops, guess your post would have been filtered then! ;-) Doh, and mine too since I quoted you! Aaack!"

"If the filtering was in place then my comments would not have contained that string."

"Uh... it is. Last time I checked, which was... now. ;-)"

When I typed "top right," that should have been "top left." That will be corrected in version 1.0 of my comments, which should be released in 2002.

"Curious what you mean by 'deal with ActiveX.'"

I mean find a way to handle the situation that benefits Netscape. Consider how Microsoft dealed with Netscape plugins. Netscape had the dominant position so Microsoft chose to make its product compatible. Now that Microsoft has the dominant position, it has chosen to make its product incompatible, which places Netscape in the position Microsoft was in originally. To me, Netscape programmers seem against supporting anything that was not created by their former company or dictated by the W3C. I suppose it is normal for them to be against something that has been proven to be effective for attempting to gain a dominant position.

If compatibility is not an option then Netscape is going to need an enticing equivalent to ActiveX or to eliminate the need for ActiveX. I doubt they can create an enticing equivalent for ActiveX because I have witnessed their enticing equivalent for Internet Explorer. So I think the only good option remaining is to eliminate the need for ActiveX. I think the only way they could do that is to build support for all popular mime types into the browser or include them by default. Then they will not have to rely on companies to create Netscape plugins for their file formats, and they will not have to rely on website designers to direct people to sites for downloading Netscape plugins.