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.
yes supporting document.layers would make life easier, at least on short term. But on the long term life will be easier for everyone when document.layers is rotted out. The faster, the better. Sites which still think there's a NS4 vs. IE4 war should be updated some time wether it's for Mozilla compatibility sake or not.
The newer standards like XHTML 1.1, CSS and DOM are beautiful. They make sense and lead to a clear structure and way of programming compatible (e.g. with textbrowsers or readers) but still very dynamic and styled sites.
I'm looking forward to the time, when this is really usable and having reasons to update year old sites that block this can only help to speed it up.