Jesse Berst Says that Communicator Won't Support XML!!!
Wednesday November 10th, 1999
Joel Caris writes in with the latest Berst burst of wisdom. Jesse Berst's new article at ZDNet's AnchorDesk is filled with such pearls as, "It now expects to ship beta of the 5.0 version of its browser suite next month... [a]nd without support for key Web technologies such as XML that IT managers and Web developers can get from IE."
Damn. And I was under the impression that the entire Mozilla application required XML to power its user-interface, and that it's XML support throughout the application was unparalleled. Silly me.
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Thursday November 11th, 1999 5:37 PM
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It doesn't seem too many people believe me. I ask them to look at <http://www.hubick.com/temp/pngtrans.jpg> which shows screenshot of NS4, Mozilla, and IE5 displaying a copy of my web page <http://www.hubick.com/> with the stylesheet altered to make color behind the PNG different. At <http://www.hubick.com/temp/pngtrans2.jpg> you can see a screenshot comparing IE5 and how mozilla currently breaks on my page. I realize that Mozilla only breaks under certain circumstances (color depths), but still, _my_personal_ experience is that my simple home page breaks.
I know Mozilla is under construction, and I have never implied that it will be anything less than perfect when it is finished. All I am saying is that I think the final product, advertising strong standards support, should include PNG in that support, and that I think too many people overlook the importance of basics like PNG images for sexier features like XSL and scripting. Look at how long XML has been a W3C standard compared to PNG, and at the levels of support in Mozilla. I would argue that PNG support should come second after HTML. I want a web build on _open_ standards, and GIF needs to die.