AOLTW Announces Sony Pact

Tuesday November 13th, 2001

Normally we wouldn't mention this, except there was a key quote that we thought should be highlighted in the press release:

* The joint development of an Internet browser designed for optimal performance, a consistent experience, and greater convenience on networked consumer electronic devices. Both companies envision not only employing the browser in future Sony products but also making it available to other consumer electronics manufacturers.
Could we soon see Mozilla on Sony devices like the Playstation or other pc based devices?

#61 I think this is generalizable...

by choess <>

Saturday November 17th, 2001 6:41 PM

You are replying to this message any mainstream browser with powerful CSS+DOM support. Looking at the W3C's standards targeted towards handhelds (XHTML Basic, CSS Mobile Profile, etc.), it seems that they don't expect handhelds to support the <style> element (although they can use external stylesheets), scripting, BiDi, complex tables or forms, frames, various DHTMLish CSS properties, and so forth. The problem with stripping out unnecessary support for things like this in a browser like Mozilla is that it's not just a matter of clean modularization (so that layout, style system, etc. are separable), but considerable changes actually have to be made to the data structures in, for instance, the style system. Since these data structures are considerably optimized for a role of supporting all of CSS or what have you, I would think that it's a non-trivial task to cut out the unnecessary features and still perform efficiently.