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?
#3 Not too sure
Tuesday September 14th, 1999 6:05 PM
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The idea of a unified rendering engine is excellent, but...
Microsoft isn't really about supporting open standards... they are about supporting their bottom line and that is usually done by locking you into their proprietary standards.
The only reason they are pushing for open standards on the instant messaging front is because they can only stand to gain a market... microsoft by far has less people using their IM client. If it were totally compatible with AOL's, they'd eventually just bundle it into their OS (you guys remember the last time that happened).
If they keep their own proprietary rendering engine, they can afford to hire enough developers to make it standards compliant, AND have their funky little Windows/IE-only extentions to tie you back to their products.
Personally, it would be great if I could make a web page using CSS, etc, and not have to use wanky methods for browser/platform detection and maintain 5 sets of slightly different code.
Paul. <firstname.lastname@example.org> (forgot member ID).