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.

#29 Re: @WillyWonka

by vcs2600 <>

Friday July 23rd, 2004 10:29 PM

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Here's how most "web developers" write their javascript -- (1) Find site that does something similar (2) Steal their javascript.

Consequentially there's a lot of ancient, obfuscated, poorly-coded stuff that keeps going around and around and appearing on new sites. (I hate to admit it, but I recently was working with some crap that sniffed IE3 for the Mac.)

Trying to explain "standards compliance" to people who don't even know what the code is doing in the first place is a futile effort. 90% of these guys have 0 programming skills, much less the ability to discern such subtleties. Better to just make it work and let them live on in their ignorance.