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?

#82 Here is why lack of DOM makes it useless.

by rgelb <>

Tuesday November 20th, 2001 10:44 AM

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Yes, maybe a tiny percentage uses DOM, but on a "smart device", you can't just download IE or Moz and see if the site looks better. You are stuck with the installed browser.

DOM is even more important on smart devices because it allows you to download a page and do various things with it without having to go back to the server.

Collapsible menu is a great example. I've seen sites where the page goes to the server just to show a sub menu. This is totally not necessary with DOM.

As far as fallback, I simply refuse to do that. I will not write multiple pages. The only exception I make is for NS 4.x. And only on well travelled pages. If the user insists on using 5 year old technology -- well then. It is much easier for the user to download a modern browser than for me to write several sets of pages. IE 5, 6, Moz, Netscape 6.x provide DOM support that is good enough and Konqueror is getting there very rapidly. There is no excuse today for having a HTML4/CSS1/CSS2/DOM compliant browser.