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!

#10 Jeremy Allaire on the Death of Mozilla

by Ben_Goodger

Sunday August 1st, 1999 12:38 AM

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What do you mean by "better"?

if you mean it in the sense that absolutely everything can be manipulated by script, not just most things, then yes. If you mean bad looking dropshadows et al, probably not ^_^;

I've been studying the W3C DOM over the past couple of months, and I've absolutely fallen in love with it. I tried to make a shell in IE that imitated Mozilla's chrome, but fell flat on my face after about twenty minutes, suffering from an incomplete DOM. (I wanted to create a general mouseover event handler for all of my buttons, which I would assign to them with a setAttribute() call from an initialisation script.. IE added the attribute, but didn't realise it was an event handler function call, however Mozilla did, and it worked.)