Monday August 16th, 1999
MathML will be joining the rest of the Mozilla code in the CVS tree after M9's released. This doesn't mean that it'll make it into the final release; that will depend on how robust the MathML implementation is at release time. But it will be in the tree, so when you check out you'll be checking out MathML code as well. Also, MathML will be added to Bugzilla, so you can contribute bug reports, and MathML-related binaries may be made available for user testing. Click here to read the news post.
If you're looking for a way to help out, this would be a great way to start. The MathML guys already have a good understanding of the layout and rendering mechanisms of Mozilla, and by checking out the MathML code you might get a good idea of how the browser works.
I seem to recall people praising IE 4.0 for waiting 6 months and getting a good browser (yes, I admit it, IE 4.0 and 5.0 are decent; I use them on a non-regular basis because I'm used to clicking the ship wheel icon) that was closer to the standards of the time (Netscape was chastised widely for <LAYER> which was inherently dissimilar to the standard). So the situation doesn't go both ways? It's not that different. (IE 4.0 was a giant leap from IE 3.0 and took a long time to be released. Mozilla is entirely new code from 4.5, and thus is taking a long time.) You can't build Rome in a day.
What's interesting is how IE allegedly (I question the validity of that statmarket thing, because it doesn't measure any of the largest sites) holds a higher browser share than their OS market share (Macs make up about 15% of machines in use [the overall percentage of Macs is much higher than the percentage of sales now, because so many old Macs are in use], Unix and the like makes up at least 5% [probably more, especially if you take into account dual-boot systems], OS/2, BeOS, etc.) would make possible. My guess is that the percentage of people using both is higher than the percentage of people using either one or the other (my personal site has about 57% IE usage and about 42% Netscape usage, but given that over 92% of my users use Windows 9x, I'm not surprised there).
My personal suspicion (and this is opinion, rather than [mostly] fact as I've been presenting before) is that IE's market share lead is entirely contingent upon two things: A) AOL's using it by default, and B) the fact that ALL Win98 users are considered IE users, whether they browse with it or not. If AOL dropped IE (not unlikely in the future) and if the government wins the antitrust case (making the browser integration anti-competitive), I think IE's market share drops well below 50% (probably not a majority percentage, and certainly not a clear cut majority). But this is simple speculation.