Tuesday September 28th, 1999
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#20 Feeling Sorry for Netscape
Wednesday September 29th, 1999 12:16 PM
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Are you on crack? Have you tried IE4 or IE5? It's *SO* far ahead of Netscape 4.x it's not even funny! Try loading a moderately complex page, say slashdot.org and the resize the browser. First try it in IE4 or IE5, then in Netscape 4.x.. You'll see what I mean.
If this doesn't convince you, try loading one of the Mozilla stress-tests in Netscape 4.x.. The browser chokes on it and it might takes as long as MINUTES for it to draw them. Try it in IE4 or IE5 and you notice how it draws it less than 1 s.. Resize the browser like in the previous test and see how it draws it so fast that it actually resizes WITH the browser. Now try resizing Netscape..
How about CSS support? Even though it's not perfect in IE4 / IE5, it's lightyears ahead of that in Netscape. Java.. *MUCH* faster in IE4 / IE5.
"It's not Java.. It's Microsoft's own Java". Shyeahright.. What's missing? RMI, JNI.. Who ever used those in applets anyway? And it wasn't until 4.05 (4.06?) that Netscape started supporting Java 1.1 which had been in IE4 from the very start.
Rendering? Try defining two "layers" of HTML with forms, and move them on top of eachother.. Works in IE, looks totally screwed in Netscape. This makes it impossible to do decent web based DHTML user interfaces that would work on Netscape browsers. z-ordering is a JOKE in NS4!
Only in Mozilla is the quality on par, YES!! - *ON PAR*, with IE4 or 5.. I'm sure that before Mozilla reaches it's first "release" version, and before Netscape Communicator 5.0 is out, in maybe 4-6 months, Mozilla will be a better browser than anything MS has to offer, but to say that NS4.7 is better than IE5.. puh-lease!!!!