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.

#28 Re:Mozilla Dispenses with Old, Proprietary DOM

by SomeSmartAss

Wednesday June 16th, 1999 7:10 AM

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I think Anon's main point was that It's going to be a pain in the butt to have to code for four+ browser types (non-DOM IE + NS, IE4+ NS4.x and now Mozilla/NS5+, not counting opera et al) especially after spending so long trying to learn/work around the current impementations. It is frustrating, also , since the initial word from the Moz development team was that gecko would be backwards complient; and complient to both proprietary DOMs (if memory serves me well).

I know why the decision was made, and I do agree with it, but it does mean that *most* web designers will be continueing with the "wait and see" aproach, hoping that the DOMs will finally become more stable/similar; especially now that there are three forks. Luckily, one of them, the proprietary NS model, will fade. I don't realy code for NS2 variations any more (although I still test in it, to see if pages are at least readable), & within a year or so, NS3 will probably go into the sunset too. NS users tend to stay on top of the latest release posible.