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!

#14 Jeremy Allaire on the Death of Mozilla

by erik <>

Sunday August 1st, 1999 5:44 AM

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When it comes to W3C standards IE is not that good. Just like you mentioned IE has troubles with the setAttribute method but you can always use element.attributeName instead (which is even nicer).

When it comes to DHTML and Web Applications IE is way ahead of all available standards and as long as AOL sticks to standards, their browser will never allow anything even close to IE.

(Creating a chrome is really easy for IE and IE5 could easily be made to display XUL files using behaviors.)

After this IE propaganda you must think I don't care about Mozilla but so far I'm impressed by the CSS and DOM1 support but I'm very dissapointed with speed and DHTML possibilities.