NGLayout ActiveX Control Operational in IE
Tuesday January 26th, 1999
Robert Gelb has two screenshots for us that will be of great interest to our viewers and, I believe, a great distress to Microsoft. The first is the NGLayout ActiveX control operational within a simple application shell, displaying the boxacidtest that we featured a few days ago on this site. The second is even more intriguing: two mozilla HTML windows displaying inside Internet Explorer 4. I think it's appropriate to mention what this _is not_. This is not a screenshot of NGLayout replacing the HTML renderer of IE4. But what it does show is how far along the NGLayout ActiveX control is, and how it is beginning its march to take over a realm that until this point was strictly MS domain. It means that application developers looking for an HTML, CSS, DOM, XML compliant application component will have to look no farther than the Open Source code of Mozilla. And they will gain the added benefit of using the same rendering engine used on all the other Mozilla platforms.
#20 Re:NGLayout ActiveX Control Operational in IE
Monday February 1st, 1999 7:38 AM
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Hmmmmmm...... I thing you missed the point a bit Guy. The way I see it, you don't need IE. Up to now, IE had the distinction of being used as a rendering engine for various third party programs.. (ie HomeSite). But this has changed. Now, not only can a programer choose to go with either, they can (and probably will) SHIP with the gecko engine.
Also, as per proprietary IE tags. I think its likely the opposite will happen. Web designers will choose to go with only one standard, Gecko. If someone views the page with Netscape 5, things are hunky dorey, If they choose to view it with IE x.x, then web designers simply need to add a second start page that contains the embeded Gecko engine. No IE Proprietary stuff at all...
Now, as I mentioned before, if someone could create a MozillaPlugin for earier versions of Netscape, then all browsers will truely be equal.....
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