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End Nears For Netscape Browser

The Iconic Netscape Browser Is About To Dissapear

     
3:53 pm on Jul 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The end of an era, at least I won't have to design my site and keep cross checking in netscape for overall compatability.

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3:56 pm on July 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Check frontpage ;)
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at least I won't have to design my site and keep cross checking in netscape for overall compatability.

Don't assume all Netscape users will move to IE. I'm a Netscape user, and switching back to IE really is the last thing I would ever consider doing. Remember that computers don't come with Netscape pre-installed anymore -- the people that use it have made a concious choice to use it, most likely because for one reason or another, they don't like IE.

Netscape 7.1 was only released a few weeks ago. Just because it's been announced that there will be no more Netscape releases from now, people aren't suddenly going to flock away. I intend to continue using Netscape 7.1 until it becomes obsolete (in other words, like IE 6.0 is now). Then I (like most Netscape users) will move to either some form of Mozilla browser, Opera, Konqueror or Safari.

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>> Don't assume all Netscape users will move to IE. <<

I think that Mozilla and others will pick up a lot of new users.

8:21 pm on July 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I personally don't prefer Netscape. I have noticed several instances where a page doesn't load at all if there is some error with javascript or if there are some html based errors. But that was with older versions and the last I checked out a netscape browser was almost 1 & half years back.
9:11 pm on July 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Netscape 4 breaks very badly on nearly all pages with CSS.

Sites using @import for the style sheets instead of the <link> command or embedded in the <head> section or inline in the HTML code fair a lot better on that version, as @import hides the CSS from the browser.

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I have noticed several instances where a page doesn't load at all if there is some error with javascript or if there are some html based errors.

Too bad *all* browsers don't behave like this. It would very efficiently force people to write valid code. :)

12:17 pm on July 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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@import hides the CSS from the browser

Yep, as well as does using the media="all" attribute with <link>. The difference is, as far as I remember, that @import hides the CSS from older IEs too, whereas media="all" hides it from Netscape 4.x only.

Iif I remember wrong, please slap me with a wet trout :)

12:28 pm on July 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I used Netscape for many years until 2001, when i switched over to opera. I for one will be sad for it to go. Hopefully Opera and Moz and others will pickup the update crowd (moving from NN 4.x), as a netscape user rarely is at all found of IE.

> I have noticed several instances where a page doesn't load at all if there is some error with javascript or if there are some html based errors.

Pardon - i would hope no browser tried to load anypart of bad code.

3:40 pm on July 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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This has been in the planning for a little while. Not too long ago Mozilla replaced their program icon with a combined Mozilla/Netscape Navigator icon. It is a conscious decision from both parties (AOL & Mozilla Foundation). The Netscape goal has always been to provide a standards compliant browser based on the Gecko engine. Well, that's already what Mozilla is. The only problem was that Netscape was a much stronger brand name than Mozilla. But that can easily be changed now. With the creation of the Mozilla Foundation the browser will get a more business-like environment to grow in, while still remaining open source. There's no need to develop and maintain two identical browsers anymore.
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In light of the number of peeps who still cling to NS 4.7, either because they like it, or don't care to or don't know how to change, and the number of peeps who like 6, 7, or the recently released 7.1, it seems to me it may still be some time off before NS actually disappears from the webscape.