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AOL Instant Messenger URL is another new feature. It lets Web developers easily add chat to their Web sites by embedding triggers within their site. When a user clicks on the trigger, it launches the Netscape Instant Messenger client that connects to AOL's popular Instant Messaging network...Goldfarb says the AIM URL feature will be a boon to e-commerce sites hoping to win a sale, since customers will be able to reach a live salesperson for assistance.
Is Netscape hoping to regain market share soon? I can't see how this feature would be useful for developers unless Netscape 6 gains a whole lot of ground or IE adds similar functionality (as if Microsoft would help AIM!). Still, it's an interesting gesture.
Interestingly enough, StatMarket indicated that Netscape's been gradually gaining marketshare for about six months now, and Opera seems to be gaining ground as well. The positive reviews of NS 6.1 PR1 and recent versions of Opera are likely to accelerate that trend somewhat, but ISP distribution deals are what really counts.
Somtimes clear pixel gifs don't ever load, leaving odd lines and boxes on the screen. Also, gifs with invisible backgrounds sometimes render very oddly, with a matte color of unknown origin replacing the transparent area.
These intermittent troubles makes me wonder if I got a bad install!