A Reader Calls On MS To Adopt Mozilla's Rendering Engine

Tuesday September 14th, 1999

Dave Usher of Tiny Communications, a new free-access Internet service in the UK, writes, "Inspired by the recent discussions on MozillaZine I've written an open letter advocating that Microsoft adopt the NGlayout (Gecko) code for their IE rendering engine."

An interesting idea, IMO, which would preserve standards compliance on all platforms while allowing browser makers to compete in the user-interface arena. Instead of putting out competing (and incompatible) rendering engines, why not rally around a single rendering engine which could help guarantee standards compliance by virtue of its Open Source nature and cross-platform architecture?

#1 It would be great

by Anon

Tuesday September 14th, 1999 5:22 PM

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That would be awesome. Since it's open-source, Microsoft could incorporate any code needed to make certain Windows features work, but then they would have to release that code back to the public. I think. I'm not very familiar with the license. That could be a major stopper there.

I would love to see companies rally behind one great engine. We would have many more contributors and that's for sure. I don't really see any major competitor in the browser market using Netscape technology though. If the the W3C was given "ownership" of the engine, then I think people would be more receptive.

Just thoughts off the top of my head...