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Webreference Article on IE5 and Mozilla

Tuesday April 27th, 1999

Webreference.com has a new article online, "Internet Explorer 5.0: With Style, Finally?", which details the shortcomings of IE5. If you're not interested in reading about IE5, skip ahead to page 7 of the article, which gives an approving nod to Mozilla. Interesting article, although I wish the author had elaborated on his allusion to bugs in the CSS parser of IE5.

Thanks to Kevin Duffy and Christophe Pennequin for the news.


#16 Re:Webreference Article on IE5 and Mozilla

by Forehead <forehead2k@yahoo.com>

Tuesday April 27th, 1999 2:44 PM

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Alfonzo, you are not getting what you are saying, let alone, what the rest of us are saying.

"If there were a 100% standards compliant browser right now... it would have very little effect in how I or any other developer would author web sites."

Yes, it would have a dramtic effect on how people designed web sites. Not now, but in the near future. The sooner ALL major browsers support HTML 4/CSS 1 & 2/XML/XSL FULLY, the sooner developers will be able to take advantage of these features. If M$ waits two years to get out a compliant browser, then there are two years, PLUS a transition period before authors can safely use "new" features. If M$ had full HTML 4/etc NOW, we would not have to wait those extra two years. REDMOND IS HOLDING US BACK, NOT MOZILLA. The times saved by developers who don't have to hack together web sites will be much greater than waiting a few extra months for a compliant browser.

Since M$ will probably wait at least another year before the next version of IE (it looks like IE6 may beat Win2k ;), they have set the whole world back another year. We'll only be waiting for Communicator a few more months.

That is why we're so willing to be patient. We all know that Mozillia will (hopefully) be a trend setter. If we can *finally* get a compliant browser, it raises the bar for all the competitors. That is what drives innovation in the software industry. Always raise the bar another knotch.