'The Guardian' Recommends Mozilla Firebird/Thunderbird, Criticises Mozilla Development Decisions

Thursday July 10th, 2003

Ian Deeley and A Wood both wrote in to tell us that today's edition of The Guardian, the UK broadsheet newspaper, features a column by Jack Schofield that recommends Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird. The article states that "Mozilla's Firebird browser and Thunderbird standalone mail software could make Microsoft's offerings look very shabby indeed." The bulk of the rest of the feature critically examines Netscape's and's browser development decisions (it is particularly damning of the team's cross-platform aspirations) and discusses Microsoft's plans to abandon development of the standalone version of Internet Explorer. Readers of the print edition of The Guardian can find the column on page 22 of the Life/Online supplement.

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by rwc

Tuesday July 15th, 2003 8:35 AM

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"And, ALL of the ones that crash Mozilla (with the exception of the very last one and the one in your latest post) produce a fatal error in the W3C standard test."

I think we need to have higher standards than to say that Mozilla crashing is expected behavior when it encounters invalid HTML (esp. since we would be hypocrites if we then made fun of IE's infamous "input type crash" bug). Also, since the non-crashing pages I mentioned render fine in the browser despite being invalid HTML, they should print-preview fine as well. I would concede that their not print previewing well is a result of invalid HTML *if* they didn't render well in the browser either, but that's not the case. WYS should be more or less WYG.

"Besides that, I don't understand why one would want to go from one tab to another while in Print preview."

I agree. That's why the bug should be fixed. I don't think that IE is superior, but I think Mozilla's print preview feature is neglected and needs some attention.

Netscape here and now will quickly grow old compared to Mozilla's releases. Yes, until recently, Mail was made available to the public, and is still used by staff.