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?

#13 There can't be only one.

by leafdigital

Wednesday September 15th, 1999 3:02 AM

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Don't forget that people may browse the internet using odd devices like PDAs and speech browsers - these people aren't going to be using the Mozilla layout engine. That's an important reason why we need to move to the newer standards (CSS etc.), because the current mess with frames/tables/etc. hacks makes it difficult for non-graphical (or less graphical) browsers to view pages. Of course, the current/future mess with scripting will have the same result but...

What's the deal with wanting one single layout engine, anyway? That's the way Microsoft think, but I know many round here are ridiculously, rabidly anti-MS, and in that particular point this would be a good thing...