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Monday June 17th, 2002

It's been almost a fortnight since Mozilla 1.0 came out but fresh news about the release is still being published. Wes McGee wrote to tell us that The Washington Post featured a review of Mozilla in its Fast Forward column on Sunday. Meanwhile, CNN is carrying an AP story that discusses the potential success of Mozilla and asks if it will threaten Microsoft (Marcel notes that there's a discussion about the article on Slashdot). Not everyone is optimistic though: in an interview with MacCentral, Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen said that he doesn't think that the browser wars are about to return. Once again, Slashdot has a story.


#4 Er... WTF?

by leafdigital

Tuesday June 18th, 2002 5:02 AM

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That post is pretty much the typical crap you expect from Slashdot...

Doctype sniffing, far from '...is going to complicate the situation...', is with us and has been around for (Internet) years. It was introduced to PC IE in version 6 where they already made the major box model fix that was necessary (handling width and padding as per standard). I believe Mac IE 5 was the first browser to do doctype sniffing.

There are other problems with CSS layout and IE (a few more than Mozilla has) such as not supporting position:fixed. I very much hope IE7 will address these, and perhaps this is what that poster was attempting to articulate.

I also hope IE7 will have full PNG support, especially since it already *does* have full PNG support if you use a really bizarre hack involving nonstandard CSS properties - you can actually add a Javascript to your page that makes alpha-channel PNG images work correctly in IE6. It is somewhat bizarre and stupid that this doesn't work by default so I will not be at all surprised if they've fixed it, i.e. that part's probably right.

There definitely won't be another browser war, and Microsoft's dominance on the PC is definitely not going to go away, but with luck, alternate browsers including Mozilla may scratch back a few percentage points (especially with increasing use of other access devices).

--sam