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!

#43 What's that saying about throwing stones?

by SomeSmartAss

Tuesday August 3rd, 1999 8:05 AM

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I think Netscape/Sun/AOL should be waiving those flags harder than anyone. With the Mozilla Beta slated to be out end of summer (summer Technically ends Sept. 21st, or something like that) and a full release set for end of year (again Dec 31, at 23:59:59) The "Alliance" should realy be getting marketing started right now (5 months, guys! 5 months) Even if its just puff-peice press releases (with nice eye-catching titles like "Netscape 5.0 Promises to revolutionize the web, Again") Wall Street doesn't read the techie news, they Just scan the headlines. And if wall street notices Netscape in the news a lot, then mainstream media will too.

Lots of banner ads with "Coming Soon: The SECOND Browser Revolution" and such. Start posting the technical stats of Mozilla in a nice, easy to find place on the net. Start pushing the lizard to the forefront.

If they want to get other companies on board, they should first be getting IBM and/or Oracle to port to their N|C machines (I actually got to use one of them recently. It uses Netscape 3.0x to browse).