Webreference Article on IE5 and Mozilla

Tuesday April 27th, 1999 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.

#31 Re:Webreference Article on IE5 and Mozilla

by Erik Arvidsson <>

Tuesday April 27th, 1999 4:16 PM

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I think a lot of people are putting to much weight on standards. One of the big reason for MS creating proprietary features is that there are no sufficient standards available.

A good example is the DOM issue. The W3C DOM level 1 and 2 (in it's current state) are not sufficient to do any real web applications. The DOM for IE4 is more powerful than both of these combined.

This does NOT justify why the didn't fix all those CSS and HTML4 bugs that has been known since early beta stages of IE3/4.

I'm really looking forward to a future where every thing I code works in all browsers but that ain't going to happen in another 5 years. One of the reason for this is that it takes time for a feature to become standard and it takes time for the feature to evolve.

What is the general solution when there is no standard for a must have feature? Add a proprietary one or get an unusable product?