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.

#42 Re: Re: Because is not only a standard

by sacolcor

Tuesday March 12th, 2002 3:16 PM

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I suspect that the overhead of supporting layers would be higher than you think; the DOM implementation touches on an awful lot of code. In any case, unless you're sure you can quantify the effort involved, I don't think it's appropriate to say that dropping layers was the wrong call. Also remember that there would be an /ongoing/ cost involved in maintaining parallel DOM implementations, causing Mozilla development to advance even more slowly. The existance of layers is also causing an ongoing additional expense to every web designer that needs to support them. Getting rid of them, while it may cause some short-term pain, saves time and effort for both the browser makers and the web designers in the long run. Yes, some users may be upset. Some of them might switch to another browser. But most of them will probably just upgrade.