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?

#17 They should go for it.

by Anon

Wednesday September 15th, 1999 5:16 AM

You are replying to this message

I've posted messages here on MZ before proposing this idea.

Just as is said in the article, the ground for competition is not the rendering engine, but rather the interface and desktop.

Microsoft is successful today because of the tools and support it provides its developers. Microsoft alone can provide tools to developers that say 'Do it my way and have it done in a week' as opposed to 'try it another way, and be at it for months'.

It doesnt matter whether one technology is better than the other, the IT man will go with the first statement 99% of the time.

Microsoft has secured its position in this way by studiously avoiding standards, and stamping them out where possible. But now the game is up, and on this front it really has no option. The collective outside of Microsofts word will soon outweigh any advantage MS can give its developers by staying proprietory.

Besides, MS can still try sticking extra bits into the code, and providing tools that leverage those typically 'bent' add-ons.

Iv got a sportsmans bet with a friend that MS will adopt by mid 2002..