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.

#23 Re:NGLayout ActiveX Control Operational in IE

by David Polberger <>

Thursday February 4th, 1999 5:19 AM

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While I do think that you have a point, the ActiveX component / OCX was created for use in various applications such as Intuit's Quicken. We want these companies to start using the Mozilla control instead of IE. Also, the Mozilla control can be used in development environments such as Inprise's Delphi or Microsoft's own Visual Basic.

IE supports ActiveX controls and the fact that the Mozilla control works in IE is intriguing and shows the power of the control. But IE is merely a testing platform. The control was not developed for use in IE but in various applications. And I doubt that it will be widely used as an IE "plug-in".

If anyone feels that I have gotten this all wrong, please feel free to correct me :-)