PCWorld.com Compares Mozilla 1.0, Netscape 7 and RapidBrowser XP
Thursday August 1st, 2002
PCWorld.com is the latest publication to examine Internet Explorer alternatives. This latest review looks at Mozilla 1.0, Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1 and a RapidBrowser XP, a browser designed for broadband users. Though short, the article neatly sums up the differences between Mozilla and Netscape. Of the three browsers, Mozilla gets the highest rating, with four-and-a-half starts out of five to Netscape's four and RapidBrowser's three-and-a-half.
What about the Mozilla's excellent standards support... and IE's lack thereof? I think this is one thing this article fails to mention. It sounds like they're using IE as the "standard" against which they're comparing all other browsers. *whine whine*
they behaved as an average user, who don't know anything about W3C and so on, which is quite logical, as this is not an article about which is the best browser for designers but for users of websites.
Not so, I can't find it now but there was a poll by giga or gartner or someone like about a year ago where Web users were asked whether they would prefer the web remained open and based on open and free standards or was owned by a single company or small group of companies. The overwhelming response was that end-users wanted to see the web remain open and standards-based. That suggests that it is reasonable to talk about which of those two futures the browser helps to bring about.
But even the average user sometimes puts a small webpage together. If newssites would feature web-standards more often, these users would make better accessible websites.
yes! but they feature document.all and other rubbish, because they even use this on their own pages. A rather big German webdesign website still writes "document.all for MSIE and Opera, document.layers for Netscape 4 and document.getElementById für Netscape 6", their you think doc.all is the standard and Netscape 6 has just another proprietary DOM! (not to mention, that doc.all only works sometimes in Opera)