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.

#12 Re:Mozilla Dispenses with Old, Proprietary DOM

by Anon

Tuesday June 15th, 1999 8:22 AM

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In response to "it's a no brainer to drop support for the old", I offer this for consideration:

Because there are so many things out there right now (web sites) that are using the broken / non-compliant code, etc, will dropping support for the broken DOMs cause these sites to stop working? If that's the case, it's something that really needs to be thought about.

From a developer's point of view, it's easy to say, "drop the broken stuff and go with standards", and this, I agree with. However, from a user's standpoint, if this new software I just installed doesn't work with half the sites out there, I'm not going to use it. I don't care about standards, I just want it to work, and if it doesn't work, I won't use the software. The majority of people out there are looking at it from the latter point of view.