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?

#16 We need more engines not one

by Anon

Wednesday September 15th, 1999 3:36 AM

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I think the web standards people would be opn Mozillas back if they started deviating away from the standards and anyway if IE doesn't use Mozilla it won't be totally compliant (the Windows version of IE5) so you'd still have the best viewed in IE and the best viewed in Mozilla banners.

If Microsoft, Netscape and even Opera adopted the Mozilla engine we coul;d get close to saying 'best viewed in any browser' and as long as they maintain the standards this would be a good thing.

Other people could compete with Gecko if they wanted to but I'd rather it be open source people who did this. If MS competes with Gecko and say's it's standards compliant they could change this at any moment and we wouldn't see the source. This would be like 'embrace and extend' all over again. If MS use Gecko we can see what they're doing if they were to be sneaky.