IE's New Rendering Engine
Friday September 10th, 1999
IE will be utilizing a new rendering engine in v5 for Mac, according to this article at TechWeb. And here's a Flash demo to show you what it's all about. A bit weak on specifics, though. If their browser was Open Source, maybe they wouldn't have to resort to using a cartoon called ZipIE as their technical contact.
Thanks to Adam Lock for the news.
#3 Healthy competition
Friday September 10th, 1999 6:41 AM
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There is slightly more information in the ZDnet story <http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn…ws/0,4586,2330301,00.html>
They promise "strict compliance" with W3C standards - in particular, full support for CSS1 and partial for CSS2 (same as promised for Mozilla, although "partial" obviously has a rather vague definition).
Basically, it does indicate that (as I've said) MS are at least trying *not* to be left behind on standards compliance. (Although they don't give a timescale for any PC implementation of the same improvements...)
In other words, there *is* going to be competition for the next-generation browser; Mozilla isn't necessarily going to be the clear winner, even on technical/standards grounds, although hopefully it will still be "first".
I wonder how long it would've taken MS to implement full standards support [rather than "look, it fully supports ActiveX and all other MS extensions!"] if it *hadn't* been for the Mozilla project...