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.

#33 Re:Mozilla Dispenses with Old, Proprietary DOM

by Anon

Thursday June 17th, 1999 5:12 PM

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I really don't know why some people are getting upset over this. I do web design myself, and I have PRAYED for a feature-rich, standards-compliant browser like Moz and its eventual offspring.. and I'm an athiest! *_*

So maybe your old code breaks. Big fat deal! I'm not going to dwell on whether it's the authors' fault for using proprietary code, or the browsers' fault for not supporting standards; they're both wrong to some extent, and that's enough. But for the first time in - what, a decade? - we'll be able to write our pages to spec using current tech, and have them work right.

You people who don't want to have to conform to the standards are complaining now, sure. But a year or two from now, when everything "just works" and you never have to rewrite your code again, you'll shut up. And that's a lot better than bitching for the NEXT decade about incompatible proprietary standards.