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.

#25 Re: Because is not only a standard

by strauss

Monday March 11th, 2002 4:46 PM

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I agree with you about Microsft's API designs. Was I advocating adopting Microsoft API? There are only a few useful things I would like to see adopted, like onbeforeunload. What I was advocating was continuing to support one key piece of Netscape API that is causing huge incompatibilities in the installed base.

> The document.layers API is awful too, each layer is a whole document!

And the problem with that is what? A "document" may seem like a big thing but it's just an object with a few attributes and methods. If there's some abstract parsimony argument in there, it has to take second billing to the need for backwards compatibility in platform APIs, which is demonstrably breaking the installed base of platform software.