Preparing Your Site for Navigator 5.0

Wednesday November 24th, 1999

Shelley Powers of has written an informative article on preparing your DHTML website for compatibility with Navigator 5.0 and the DOM standard. This one is definitely worth the read if you're interested in working to the DOM spec, but would like to keep a measure of backwards compatibility with older browsers.

#2 yet another standard

by jilles

Wednesday November 24th, 1999 8:58 AM

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This article confirms what I have long suspected. Rather than ending the standards war, mozilla just adds a standard. Sure it is a w3c supported standard but that doesn't help. In order to maintain cross browser compatibility you now have to support another standard. That is, you are supposed to restrict yourself to what is supported in most browsers and handle the browser specific part via scripting.

The fact that most ie 5 documents work in mozilla unmodified (according to the article) is not in favor of doing everything cleanly.

Conclusion, mozilla supports and promotes the use of the new standards but until all browsers support these standards the only real standard (that what people use) remains html 3.2 (works in most browsers).

If you want DHTML you'll have to use scripting to resolve compatibility errors.

I hope ie will one day support the standards in the way mozilla does but something tells me that the most efficient way to kill mozilla is not supporting the standards. IE, like it or not, has a bigger marketshare and can set the standard. The success of mozilla will depend on whether it renders sites written for IE correctly, not the other way around.