IE5 Preview at

Wednesday March 17th, 1999

So, news about IE5 is beginning to trickle out, and it's beginning to look a lot like Mozilla. The equivalent of a "What's Related" button has been added as well as a "Web Accessories" feature that we got a glimpse of last year with Mozilla's configurable chrome. No indication of standards compliance (still). My latest bet is that IE5 won't even be HTML4 compliant, much less CSS1 compliant.

IE5 is supposed to be released tomorrow. I'd be interested in knowing the download sizes for the different installs. Feel free to submit info to us tomorrow, if you're brave enough to download it.

#23 Re:IE5 Preview at

by zontar

Friday March 19th, 1999 11:14 AM

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As far as I'm concerned, "Composer" shouldn't be mentioned in the same paragraph with "Web Development". It's the only authoring tool I've seen that actually produces WORSE code than FrontPage, and that's saying quite a bit. Not a single "serious" sitebuilder I know would even consider using it.

Not to sound like a commercial here, but my favorite two authoring tools are put out by Macromedia: Dreamweaver and Flash. Both are stable and have consistent and logical interfaces. Both do what they're designed to do with a minimum of fluff. Both produce files that are to be envied for their compactness. In the case of Dreamweaver, it produces good, clean HTML/CSS that is second to NONE in compliance to standards as well as legibility, does everything that FP does in terms of site management, does it with a lot less overhead, and doesn't monkey with hand coding (unless it contains invalid markup). And it's easily extensible, using standards-compliant HTML and JavaScript.

(If Macromedia would port these two apps to Linux, I'd banish forever the X86 MegaVirus from my machine without a backward glance. And, by golly, my wife could just learn to love The GIMP.)

If Netscape is going to include an authoring tool in the next commercial release, it could find a much worse example to follow.