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Mozilla is Gecko
Mozilla (the browser) is Gecko ... Mozilla (the engine) is, well, Mozilla :)
Just to make sure we keep them straight.
The Netscape people had their Mozilla engine (which sucked) and started working on a standards compliant (and GOOD) engine, which they called Raptor. That was later changed to NGLayout as the working name, before it was finally released as Gecko.
[edited by: DrDoc at 5:01 pm (utc) on Feb. 14, 2006]
Also where could I confirm the name of the earlier Netscape rendering engine?
A search for "rendering engine netscape 4" should probably return a bunch of results for you. Or, if nothing else, I'm sure you have played with UserAgent stuff ... You know how it always says "Mozilla" for both Netscape and IE? Mozilla is the name of Netscape's initial engine. IE just copied that in their own agent to seem "nifty".
Still does anyone know the name of the old Opera rendering engine for Opera 3 and older?
The next version of Opera that was being developed in 1999 and 2000, was codenamed 'Elektra'. Nowadays people like to talk about 'rendering engines', but at that time Elektra was simply a codename for what was to become Opera 4.0: the entire browser. Elektra was designed in a manner that would make it easier to create versions for multiple platforms, not just Windows. The Elektra codebase would get better and better over the years, as the developers worked on improving it. Mac and Linux versions saw the light, but these versions were most of the time months or even years behind the Windows version. Opera 6.0 added the much needed Unicode support to this line, to make Opera a truly international contender. 6.0 was also the end of the line, and the Opera 6 codebase was also ported to the Symbian platform.
But at the time Opera 6 was being worked on, a few developers where already working on the next generation browser. And this one would truly have a separately developed browser core (rendering engine, scripting engine, networking stuff). The rendering engine, the part that was completely rewritten, was codenamed Presto.
So anyone know who coined the term "rendering engine" and when that happened?