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!

#15 Nick Bradbury

by k3davis

Sunday August 1st, 1999 6:58 AM

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Nick Bradbury had his own company before he worked for Allaire. Bradbury Software <> produced the HomeSite HTML editor until Allaire acquired it (and by extension, him -wink-) at version 2.5b. Now he is just back doing what he loves: working on his own creating software that rocks.

Allaire is an extremely viable company and I am hesitant to believe such a statement was ever made short of off-the-cuff. A lot of people are frustrated by Netscape and the delays of Mozilla, but those who are involved in it are less so because they can see the progress it is making and understand the issues better that have caused delays. This information is probably not clearly explained to people not closely following the project.