Mozilla Dispenses with Old, Proprietary DOM

Monday June 14th, 1999

The Mozilla team has decided to forgo backwards compatibility with Netscape's proprietary DOM so they can throw their full efforts behind proper DOM Level 1 support for Mozilla's first release. Click here to read more at, or here to read the thread from the newsgroup.

Thanks to Kovu for the news.

#10 Re:Mozilla Dispenses with Old, Proprietary DOM

by arielb

Tuesday June 15th, 1999 4:39 AM

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there are 2 kinds of developers. One camp wants all the latest features and tricks. This camp would exploit the MS XSL, the little .ico thing, the layer tag and every bug is taken advantage of to show off the developer's skill in designing a website. These people also tend to develop for the intranet where there's control over the browser used.

The other camp is annoyed with dealing with the bugs and wants a standard. These people probably never really used CSS/dom stuff because it just doesn't work well under both browsers. These people are sick and tired of netscape or IE only buttons because they try to develop for as many platforms as possible including Netscape 3.

How do we satisfy both camps? Well I think we can satisfy #2 by being tough on the standards issue. And an embeddable browser component means that anyone can make their own standards compliant browser without much fuss (such as the one Bruce is working on) To satify the other camp, I think people from outside will try to implement all the MS and Netscape specific stuff. I also think they'll like what XUL can do for their web apps. Imagine what XUL plus a robust DOM can do for web apps.