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?

#14 Hate to say it, but this is a bad idea ...

by Anon

Wednesday September 15th, 1999 3:25 AM

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The reasons I wrote this letter was to move conentration on chossing which browser to use based on whether they lay out pages correctly on your favourite sites and rather choose the browser on it's features. Remember I'm just advocating that they use the layout engine rather than just rip off Mozilla entirely.

Gecko can then be the refernce implementation of the standards and both Microsoft and any other Mozilla developers would have to ensure that it kept up and fixed all the bugs to make sure it complied 100% with all the standards.