Mozilla Shines in Latest Standards Evaluation

Tuesday November 16th, 1999

In David Baron's latest evaluation of browser CSS conformance, Mozilla is in the lead, by a wide margin. When you see the scores at the bottom of the CSS results table, in which Mozilla gets a 38 out of 104, realize that this is because CSS2 conformance is evaluated as well (CSS2 is not promised for the first release of Mozilla). In comparison, Opera 3.60 gets a 2.5, and IE5 garners a -8.5.

UPDATE: The XML information that I was given does not in fact apply to the parser used in Mozilla. Mozilla uses expat by James Clark, and the XML parser reviewed at was XP, a Java-based XML parser also by James Clark. Sorry for any confusion. My feeling is that expat is probably a better XML parser than XP, since it's been around longer, but we won't know until we see concrete results.

#2 Um, that's "came out on top" as in "

by leafdigital

Tuesday November 16th, 1999 7:34 AM

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Numerically, XP is rated second; it fails a very few tests. In terms of the "out of 5" ratings, it did come joint first, but looking at that table, it was clear that XP came second by a very small margin.

Supposing IE6 and Mozilla were both rated five stars in a magazine article, but the article was based on some numerical test results in which Mozilla achieved 1065 points and IE6 achieved 1050 points, would you like to see IE6 described as "coming out on top"? :)

Of course, this is just a niggle and the test indicated there are no problems of any consequence with the XP parser. [Also, from my brief scan through the text, it seemed the article was written by one of the developers of the Sun Project X parser which came on top, which might indicate some bias :) Although I've used it and it does seem a good parser so...]