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?

#5 Thinking the same thing but . . .

by gerbilpower <>

Tuesday September 14th, 1999 6:21 PM

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I was thinking the same thing when I read the open letter, but doesn't hurt to give this a shot and the only two possible results are:

(1) we're stuck where we are on our present track (nothing wrong with that)


(2) web developers will have a huge gain knowing that future browsers will render exactly the same on all browsers and platforms, and Mozilla will get a boost from MS contributions.

There is wishful thinking involved but it is a good idea, and not 100% impossible.