Jeremy Allaire on the Death of Mozilla

Saturday July 31st, 1999

Tony Gorman has news of some interesting statements from Allaire Corporation's Jeremy Allaire. Tony writes:

"Jeremy Allaire of ColdFusion fame has gone on record saying that ColdFusion no longer supports the Netscape browser. In this month's issue of the UK Internet magazine 'Webspace', JA states that 'Netscape is dead and so is the Mozilla project'. Tough words for fans of the Netscape browser. He goes on to argue that widespread of DHTML has been held back by Netscape's idiosyncratic implementation and only Microsoft offers a useful platform...

I would love to write this guy off... but Allaire isn't exactly a no hope company. Should his words be left to stand? I hope not."

Webspace apparently doesn't have a website, so I can't confirm this. However, if it is true, Jeremy's statements show an appalling lack of understanding of the status of DHTML at this point in time. IE's DHTML isn't standards compliant (neither is Communicator 4.6's DHTML) and thus any judgement regarding it must be tempered by the fact that much of the "usefulness" is probably derived from MS proprietary extensions that no other browser maker should feel obligated to duplicate. Maybe some of you more knowledgable people out there could give some background on how IE's current DOM implementation is lacking in terms of standards compliance.

UPDATE:Jeremy Allaire has a response in our forums, so be sure to check it out. Thanks Jeremy!

#1 You can go ahead and write him off

by Anon

Saturday July 31st, 1999 6:17 PM

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Guys, IE has spoken, the TEXTAREA and ability to fill in text and pull it back out is wonderful. I don't know if it's in the standards. But it's a wonder features that's going to be in Netscape 5 anyway. So if the guy is going to write off Netscape due to a little set back--I'm sorry for him. I would suggest him and others like us to eye the big issues at hand (fry bigger fishes): XML, a really really really really really really really really really really really really really rock solid Java VM, and try to let ECMAScripters and DHMTL people have more fun communicating with Java applets to change the page on the fly. These are KEY features. As long as Netscape 5 is can achieve this--no one can write anything off.