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.

#35 I feel your frustration

by Canar

Friday February 21st, 2003 2:05 AM

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I feel similarly. There are several uses (namely, elegantly managed printing) for which Mozilla /could/ rock, but it seems as though standards-compliancy is taking a back-seat to other issues. I saw a mention on Bugzilla about how Mozilla isn't an HTML or XHTML user-agent, but rather an XML +CSS +DOM user-agent (See bugs #7954, #69032).

Frankly, I find this bizarre for people coding a browser. HTML compliance should be /first/ priority for an application whose purpose is /browsing/, with the XML/XHTML stuff coming in second.