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.

#21 Not good enough.

by MillenniumX

Friday July 23rd, 2004 5:48 PM

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This is a dark day for standards. It might have been tolerable if Mozilla displayed an error exhorting users to contact the Webmaster of a broken site. But instead there's basically no error message at all, because let's face it: no one checks the JavaScript Console except for developers. I don't mean to knock the JavaScript Console -it's ridiculously useful for Web development- but an error displayed only there is an error which may as well not be displayed at all.

So essentially, we're just rewarding poor development practices here. This should have been made an optional extension at best; rolling it in has just slammed yet another nail in the coffin of the W3C.