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.

#31 Re:Mozilla Dispenses with Old, Proprietary DOM

by Anon

Thursday June 17th, 1999 12:20 AM

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"It seems more likely to me that they will assume the builders of the site screwed up and not that the browser fell short"

Not if they open both the old and new versions sided by side, and could plainly see that the old one works fine but the new one doesn't!!!

With this current line of thinking why have they bothered investing so much time into emulating the previous browsers HTML bugs??? Hell why do they support depreciated tags at all, why not support only HTML 4.0 strict and if people are using old tags say "oh well there just going to have to fix it"??? How do you think the average web page author would feel if NN5 suddenly stoped supporting the <FONT> tag??? Sure you shouldn't use it infavor of CSS, but since old browsers don't support CSS it would force them to make a seperate page for the old and new browser (wouldn't that suck???). Well this is exactly what there doing by not supporting the previous DOM!!! I think not trying to support IE's DOM is understandable, but not supporting their own DOM is a BIG mistake!!!

I just wish my C++/COM skills were up to par, I would fix the code myself.