eWeek Predicts Mozilla will Challenge Internet Explorer

Monday July 28th, 2003

In his latest opinion piece for eWeek, Jim Rapoza tackles a favourite topic of tech columnists recently: are the Browser Wars coming back? Rapoza thinks that they are and says Microsoft's recent decision to only provide enhancements to Internet Explorer via Windows upgrades could leave an opening for alternative browsers. Mozilla, Rapoza argues, is well-placed to take advantage of this opportunity with its up-to-date and innovative technology.

#8 Re: The opposite is true

by Ascaris <>

Tuesday July 29th, 2003 3:29 AM

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I am not sure what you mean by saying that it is not possible to compete with MS at the feature level. With the state of Linux right now, that may be true for operating systems (and I must quickly add that I have never used Linux, so I am not speaking from experience), but when you are talking about browsers, Mozilla has IE beat hands down. For me, the features that make Mozilla better than IE are not the ones commonly quoted, like tabs (although I do like tabs a lot). For me, it is the little things.

One thing that I have always liked is that Mozilla can instantly be made to ignore the colors in a web page and use mine instead. I can't stand white backgrounds, and I don't have to (my Windows background color is gray). Ever since bug 189288, though, I have been using usercontent.css to knock the colors out of web pages rather than the "use my colors" option. I understand there is supposed to be a way to get IE to do this, but I could not get it to work, and since I do not (and have never) used IE, it is not worth my effort to try and make it work.

Between the imageblocker, which has blocked just about all of the ads on sites I visit, the fact that I have Shockwave Flash blocked in usercontent.css (so I can enable it if there is actually content, rather than just more annoying animated ads, that use it), that IE does not turn the mouse pointer into an hourglass when I click on a link (thus offering no confirmation that the click registered), and that Mozilla's classic theme (including the modified version I use) looks just like Netscape 4.x, Mozilla is comfortable in a way that IE never would be. And then, of course, there are all of the things about Mozilla that other people mention, like the tabs and such.

All considered, Mozilla has every feature I would want in a browser. That's not so with IE.