Mozilla: The Browser with Everything and the Kitchen Sink

Wednesday February 19th, 2003

For years, many of Mozilla's detractors have complained that Mozilla is too bloated with useless features. "Mozilla has everything but the kitchen sink," they retort. Well they're wrong because the kitchen sink will soon be coming to a Mozilla browser near you!

Makali writes: "A patch for Bug 122411 got a super-review today meaning that Mozilla (and presumably the next release of Netscape) will now have a kitchen sink. While in good humour and a rather cute touch, this does make me wonder how much time developers spend adding features of dubious value to our favourite browser when it still doesn't correctly support HTML 4.01." Makali offers up bug 915 as an example of a long-standing standards-compliance bug. Please remember that this bug, like all bugs, doesn't need to be spammed with useless comments.

#21 Re: This is endemic...

by bzbarsky

Thursday February 20th, 2003 11:00 AM

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> HTML4.01 standards compliant bugs that have lain dormant for years should be priority #1 in my opinion.

They're a priority for people working on the layout engine. Not one person who has worked on the kitchen sink works on layout. In fact, precious few people do (5 actively, at last count, 2 more sort of).

A better question would be why so few people are working on layout. The answer is that layout is "hard" (you actually have to think or something) while writing things like kitchen sinks and the UI is "easy" (you still have to think to do it well, but the app doesn't usually crash and burn if you fail to think).