Mozilla Adds Undetectable document.all Support, Part of New Novell Linux Distribution?

Friday July 23rd, 2004

Jacob writes: "Mozilla builds starting tomorrow will now support an undetectable version of document.all. This will help with sites that blindly use document.all in DHTML scripts. The support should also show up in the next Firefox release. More information is available in the bug."

An important thing to remember is that this will not break existing scripts that check for document.all, it will only work in cases where the script assumes it is running in IE, and does not first check to be sure that document.all works. If document.all is checked for, Mozilla will continue to block its use and act as it always has.

Update: The Register is reporting that Novell will soon be coming out with a slimmed down version of SuSE Linux targeted at exterprise desktops. The interesting part of this story is that they will be shipping a browser that "supported IE6 extensions, making it possible to access IE-only websites." Time will tell if this new support for document.all is related to the Novell news.

#14 This smacks of Mozilla diverging from its course

by Dracos

Friday July 23rd, 2004 4:01 PM

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One of Mozilla's main goals is standards compliance. While this addition may mean that a few sloppily coded sites will allow Moz/FF users in, it plays into the warping of the standards that MS uses to maintain their marketshare. Just because Opera (iirc) implements document.all doesn't mean anyone else should, even if it's just a stub to allow users to experience deeper malfunctions in sites foolishly coded to IE. Moz and Opera should instead present users with warning prompts saying "this site is not compliant with web standards and may behave unexpectedly."