CNET Opines on Apple's Choice of KHTML

Tuesday January 14th, 2003

CNET has an article about Apple's choice of KHTML over Gecko for its Safari browser. Featuring a variety of quotes from many high profile figures, the article goes as far as to call the decision a "snub" — a claim that Apple's spokesperson refuses to corroborate.

Update! Mike Shaver isn't too happy about being quoted out of context and Chris Blizzard also has some choice words about the article. MozillaZine founder Chris Nelson isn't quite so subtle. There's also a discussion at Slashdot.

#10 Re: Re: Re: "So ask bonsai."

by macpeep

Tuesday January 14th, 2003 1:25 PM

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"XBL, XUL..."

Do you think end users really miss these features? Are they really crucial for your mom in deciding if she wants to use Safari or Mozilla? Why would Safari even neex XBL and XUL? It uses a native Mac OS X user interface that looks and feels exactly like the rest of the apps. Creating such an interface (or MFC on Windows) is completely trivial. The benfit of XUL is mostly that it allows cross platform applications to be done more easily. If you're just writing for one OS, there's no reason for you to use it.

As far as MathML or XSLT etc. goes, well, those are actually features that Safari might want, but 99.9999% of all users couldn't care less if the browser has MathML or not. They care if they can browse the web fast and without problems. If Safari does that for them, and I don't know if it does since I haven't used it, then that's all that matters for them.

Only a very small segment of all users, geeks and developers, care about standards support and 3 or 4 letter abbreviations.