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!

#6 IE good at general things, but lacks power

by Ben_Goodger

Saturday July 31st, 1999 9:04 PM

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This is what I've found when creating pages. You can do all the usual DHTML stuff, with the frilly IE add-ons like filters (most of which are butt-ugly). But try and do something complicated, like setting the event handler attributes of an element after the page has loaded through a script, and you'll be tearing your hair out because Mozilla does it, and why IE doesn't. Basically IE is good for creating reasonably dynamic webpages, but when it comes to application development, only Mozilla has the true grunt to make creating an application in JavaScript/DOM worthwhile. Microsoft have used IE as an interface, sure, but again utilizing one of their proprietary concepts - ActiveX