101 Things Mozilla Can Do That IE Can't

Tuesday November 5th, 2002

Rob Hudson writes: "Found this interesting list of 101 things (some more obscure than others) that Mozilla can do that IE can't." The list, by Neil Deakin of XulPlanet, has been doing the rounds for a few days now and is currently ranked in second place on Blogdex.

UPDATE! The list has now been featured on both Slashdot and CNET

#28 A Few Points...

by Canar

Friday November 8th, 2002 12:38 AM

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Not sure if you're trolling or not, but there are some errors in your post.

Tabbed browsing is much easier to use than multi-window browsing, with far less clutter. I use tabbed browsers to exclusion now.

The remote site installation gives a dialog, a very clear concise one at that, explaining what's going on. IE's installation dialog is much less user-friendly. That, and IE add-ons are compiled, not interpreted. Thus, they pose a much higher security risk than interpreted add-ons via HTML and XUL.

Theme support is central to Mozilla, and not central to IE. So-called "skinned" IE browsers use the IE rendering core, and only mimic the IE user-interface.

Point 41 is available in both browsers, with Moz's feature set being somewhat more easily configured than IE's, with as much flexibility and control.

The correct markup tag is /not/ <TITLE>. There is no HTML TITLE tag, except in the HEAD block. It is ABBR or ACRONYM, neither of which IE supports very well.

IE does not support PNG partial transparency. At all.

Mozilla has a much faster bug-recognition to bug-fix time than IE does. Look at the time it took for MS to respond to Nimda and the like. Mozilla is open-source, thus independent programmers can be certain that a given component is secure.

The latest versions of Mozilla are very stable. I haven't had a Moz crash since before I installed 1.1. IE, at least in my case, now has a higher crash-to-use-time ratio than Mozilla.

And Knowledge Base does not do exactly the same thing. Open Bugzilla in one window, KB in the other. Browse back and forth. A, KB does not post user-submissions, B, KB does not list who is attempting to fix a bug, C, KB does not list patches being worked on for a bug, and so on. That, and KB is very, very slow at posting bugs in IE, and MS is even slower at fixing them.