IE5 Easter Egg Takes Jab at Mozilla

Wednesday March 24th, 1999

MacGyver sent us in this interesting news.

He writes, "Here's something I thought fellow Mozillers would find interesting...Apparently, there are several easter eggs in IE5. One of them pulls up an 'About' box with the title 'Internet Explorer 5.0 rocks'. What's more interesting is the animation in the box. It shows a gozilla-like dinasour coming out of an easter egg only to be crushed by a giant Microsoft IE5 logo. Nice commentary from the good folk in Redmond, I should say. Despite the rivalry between the two major browsers, I can't ever recall a Netscape easter egg with such a blatant attack against Microsoft. To view the easter egg yourself, follow these instructions:

1. Open up IE5

2. From the menu, select Tools > Internet Options > General (tab) > Languages (button)

3. Press 'Add'

4. Type: "ie-ee" (without the quotes) and click 'OK'

5. Move "User Defined [ie-ee]" to the TOP of the list

6. Exit back to where you can browse in IE5 again

7. Click on the Search icon (to pull up the side search menu)

8. Click the 'Customize' button in the side search menu.

9. Watch the anti-Mozilla animation being distributed to millions of desktops."

#74 Re:Easter Egg Takes Jab At Mozilla

by Luke Ragno <>

Sunday April 11th, 1999 5:20 PM

You are replying to this message

In response to Geoff a few responses up, web developers are forced to make their pages compatible with IE 5 because, even if we hate microsoft and despite the poor quality of its browser, other peole use it. I you want your web site to reach the maximum amount of people, you must make it compatible so as all the end users can veiw it, no matter what browser they use. Now I might incorporate a few features that only work in netscape into a personal page, and ask the user to download netscape if they didnt already have it, but when I design pages for buisnesses, you have to make them compatible, if a IE user goes to your site and it says that they must download navigator, they are most likely going to just leave your site and move on. So yes, we could write code that only works under netscape, but at the cost of loosing alot of customers.

In response to the easter egg, I think you guys are over reacting a little. Its just some fellow programmers having a little fun and competitive spirit. I dont see it as microsoft trying to take over all competition at all.