Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Re: Mozilla is not a browser
Author: Dotan Dimet Posted: 4/12/2000; 11:48:56 AM Topic: Mozilla is not a browser Msg #: 16130 (In response to 16104) Prev/Next: 16129 / 16131
Mozilla is not a browser, it's a webpage.
Way back when Mozilla first went Open Source, Dave Winer's reaction was negative. His take was "Netscape doesn't get it". He said that Netscape was forgetting their "core following", the web developers, who would not care to hack C++ code.
Well, the Mozilla people sure got it. Because everything they have done in the last two years of development can be seen as basically a reaction to Dave's comment.
They took the browser and turned it inside out. They scrapped everything, all the platform-specific, MFC/Motif/MetroWorks framework stuff, all the spaghetti HTML rendering code with its special cases for each new feature added since HTML 2.0. They build a completely new rendering engine with a highly modular design that would make any C++ programmer proud and happy, and then they invested an enormous amount of work to ensure that this engine would be used for everything.
Because they wanted to bring in the Web Developers.
Following Dave's advice, Netscape/Mozilla engineers have spent considerable time and effort to allow web developers (and not just programmers) to hack Mozilla.
There are responses to this message:
- Re: Mozilla is not a browser, Dave Winer, 4/12/2000; 4:04:36 PM
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