AOL Moving to Gecko

Monday March 11th, 2002

Newsforge, and others are reporting that the AOL client will use Gecko, starting with the next major release, 8.0. Along with that, the story talked about AOL's departure from any server platform that isn't linux, and AOL's plans to release a standalone linux client (there aren't any).

This has long been the rumor, and many felt until AOL started using Gecko, it would be hard to get sites to stop using proprietary IE code. This may be the kick in the pants that's needed to help get major sites to allow non-Microsoft browsers access to all of their content.

#21 Because is not only a standard

by nick <>

Monday March 11th, 2002 4:22 PM

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All those kludges are awful. Microsoft revealed that they have absolutely no taste for API design. Binding the event object to the global window object was a stupid decision, it's like using global variables. And making an "all" array of everything is silly too. The document.layers API is awful too, each layer is a whole document! Maintaining these kind of kludges for ever is what make the software we use more bloated. It's also something which makes software development more dificult (you can be assigned to a project coded for these). If you knew the Microsoft Windows API you would know why the APIs are important and they should not be allowed to rotten.