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#65 IE is better than NS. So what?

by leafdigital

Friday October 1st, 1999 7:41 AM

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I wasn't trolling (assuming it was my comment you referred to) and I doubt anyone else was... though the attitude you refer to does sadly exist to an extent.

There are some hard facts around about IE/NS4.x, which people need to accept in order to help push for Mozilla to be the best browser possible.

IE5 is definitely more technically advanced than Netscape 4.x; for one thing, it has a faster renderer that actually copes with most of CSS1 (it does miss out/get wrong some important bits, but it's orders of magnitude ahead of NS) and can actually allow users to resize a window sensibly. It also has better usability features. (Right-click from bookmark menu to edit/delete a bookmark, for instance, is something that I'd really like in Netscape - although netscape's "drag little bookmark icon into menu" is cool too, that's one of the few little usability features on which Netscape still leads imo.)

In my experience, IE has also been more reliable than NS 4.61 although 4.7 may bring things back to a level, and some systems seem to be unreliable with IE, too.

But anyway... who cares? This isn't "netscape4.xZine". Netscape 4.x was definitely a good browser when it came out, with some impressive technological breakthroughs. Now it's a tired, old, crappy browser, slightly inferior in most ways to the Windows competition (IE5 and Opera as well), that remains in use only because people prefer its UI due to personal taste, because of pathological anti-MS sentiment, or because of inertia.

But, that doesn't matter, because the reason Netscape's current browser has been crap for some time is that they're working [with a little bit of outside assistance] on a new one which should be really good; which should be up-to-date; which should leapfrog the competition. Which is, in fact, the focus of this site.

--sam (who primarily uses Netscape 4.7 :)