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.

#23 Re: 1.7

by ccurtis

Friday July 23rd, 2004 6:35 PM

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> A typical user has no sense of web standard compliance so it can't be decieved. If a web developer cares about compliance they will look at the JS console where we report this as a warning or error or something.

If a web developer cared about compliance, they wouldn't be using document.all and if they did they would at least have the decency to sniff it out. I think the user should be warned that the site uses proprietary and broken formats and that any oddities experienced are due to this and not bugs in Mozilla.