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.

#21 Re:NGLayout ActiveX Control Operational in IE

by rgelb <>

Monday February 1st, 1999 10:40 AM

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As the host said in the beginning, let's mention what this is not. It is not a rendering replacement for IE, nor is it a plug-in engine for any of the earlier NS browsers. Why would someone use Gecko inside IE is beyond me and you will see very very few pages that do this. What this is however, is a statement that the next time, you (as an application programmer) want to ship a browser embedded inside your app, you no longer need to ship IE. Now you have a choice. To be sure, IE still has an important advantage: it is preinstalled on every win98 machine. But given a choice, many programmers will choose Gecko.