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.

#6 @WillyWonka

by TonyG <>

Friday July 23rd, 2004 3:06 PM

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Possibly - I personally would never target code at one browser or another and I would like to think that neither would most other developers. However, I really don't know. I think self respecting devs wouldnt, but I do not know how much they account for. A lot fo the stuff I see coded for IE only is a few years old, which makes me thing the cowboys behind the code are now estate agents or whatever they moved to next following the dot com bubble bursting.

So, I would hazard a perhaps optimistic guess that devs these days at least code switch on document.getElementById ...