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?

#27 A Reader Calls On MS To Adopt Mozilla's Rendering

by zontar

Thursday September 16th, 1999 1:24 AM

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"[MSIE] can also do neat things like layer transitions, and you can even rotate layers."

These are instances of non-standard technologies (and they're Windows-specific, to boot). They have nothing to do with HTML, CSS, or DOM.

"IE hasn't been based on Mosaic/Spyglass since version 3."

I beg to differ:

"Based on NCSA Mosaic. NCSA Mosaic(TM); was developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Distributed under a licensing agreement with Spyglass, Inc." Source: IE 5's Help file.

Yes, it would be a great deal of fun to see MS adopt Moz' layout engine (even if we know it's not likely to happen) -- OTOH, as others have pointed out, it would be even better if we had a number of browsers/rendering engines, all adhering to the standards and competing on their (other) merits.