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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!


#21 Your wrong!!!

by Dan6992

Sunday August 1st, 1999 1:24 PM

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Unfortantely your statement is false!!! Because I have actually written a full featured application using IE4/5's JavaScript/DOM implimantation, with absolutly no help from ActiveX (<http://3wdesigns.simplenet.com/webmap/>). I do hope to get it running in NN5 when it's released SOMEDAY, however for now IE was the only choice (NN4's DHTML is seriously lacking). I also have to say that filters are a lot more the a frilly ad-on, they can actually be very useful. For example in my software I used filters to make the icons appear greyed out when their function was unavailable, the only other way to do this would have been to use a seperate grey image for each icon and which would just be a waste of download time.