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Request From MZ

Monday September 13th, 1999

There has been mention in a previous forum that IE's rendering engine on the Mac (Tasman) utilizes Mozilla code. However, no proof was given of this (and we find it hard to believe, to tell you the truth). We're interested in knowing one way or another, so if someone could provide more information, we'd appreciate it. Until then we'll view this as nothing more than rumour.


#17 I don't think so...

by mozillaBob <mozillaBob@digitalswamp.net>

Tuesday September 14th, 1999 2:09 PM

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I think where this rumor may have come about is from a comment some MS IE5 engineer made, I can't seem to find a link to that quote but maybe someone else will remember it. The quote essentially said something to the effect that IE5 Mac was going to be like Mozilla. I didnt get the impression from that quote that it was _like_ in the code sense but _like_ in the standards compliance sense. From everything I've read about the MS Macintosh Business Unit they are dedicated MacOS developers, not "reconstituted windows developers". Many I believe have contributed to popular Mac shareware in the past (present?), but I don't remember specifics. I think what it comes down to is that the MBU has been given a lot of latitude to do true mac software and if that includes Mozilla code so be it, IE5 isn't even released yet, so if that is the case give them some time for proper announcements and crediting. I'm sure a move like that would require some extra thought by the marketing yahoos and proably legal too.