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?
#11 PROPRIETARY INTERNET is M$'s Goal
Wednesday September 15th, 1999 2:16 AM
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The whole reason that Microsoft wanted to compete with Netscape is that it wants to create a PROPRIETARY INTERNET.
When Microsoft enters a new market, they would openly support standards (W3C,IM) and bundle. Then it'd develope some "innovative" extentions that eventually turns the standard into a subset of Microsoft's own standard.(java)
Remember Chromeffects? If every web site utilizes Chromeffects (which is available on Windows only), then Windows would be the only way to surf the Internet.
Same thing with browsers! Microsoft would never choose to be compliant to the standards (DHTML). Gecko is too standard compliant that Microsoft will never use it.