Comparatively Speaking...

Monday July 1st, 2002

Linux Online recently compared the major Linux browsers, including the Mozilla-based trio of Mozilla 1.0, Netscape 6.2 and Galeon. Reviewer Michael J Jordan praises Mozilla's stability, tabbed browsing, rendering and customisation.

As mentioned by fondacio on our forums, the International Herald and Tribune took a look at Mozilla, Opera and NeoPlanet (note that the site doesn't seem to work in some builds of Mozilla). Reviewer Lee Dembart says that "Mozilla is impressive and has it all over Opera." He especially likes the ability to block pop-ups, tabbed browsing and pipelining.

UPDATE! tuxracer writes: "I've put up a browser comparison list, comparing various features that affect usability and W3C standards compliance. It compares Mozilla 1.0, Netcaptor 7.01, Internet Explorer 6.0 (Windows), and Internet Explorer 5.x (Mac)."

#69 Re: Re: tuxracer's comparison

by bk_raze

Sunday July 7th, 2002 12:22 PM

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Tux, you seem to need some help with 6-10:

6. Image toolbar and resizing. "kind of an annoyance." That may be an annoyance to you personally. The fact is that the feature is there, and not putting it up because you don't like it is biased. I make use of these features. They can be turned off anyway.

7. Working offline. "Never worked offline." But some people do work offline. That is why I am mentioning it to you. You may not be aware of some features that other people use. I do work offline.

8. Ctrl+Enter. "Add 4 more characters and you can get there yourself." Again, you are refuting the feature because you don't use it. The fact is that the feature is there, whether you care use it is personal to how you want to browse. I use this feature extensively.

9. Autocomplete for individual form fields. "There is autocomplete for individual form fields." I have seen its implementation in Mozilla. In IE, for each field, you have a dropdown list that shows all previous entries entered in that field. You'd have to see it to understand--it truly is for the individual field. If you want to dismiss this one because it is technically "exists" in Mozilla then I can agree with you.

10. Search history by complete text. "Not sure what you mean." You don't seem to be aware of this feature, but don't dismiss this one. You can search the history for a specific word actual contents of a previously visited page, not just by the title of the page. I use this one too (especially with offline browsing).

Tux, the bottom line is that you shouldn't dismiss that a feature in IE exists because you don't use it. I personally make use of all of these features.