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That page shows an interesting layout trick. However, for me the exciting possibility was changing the style of a page interactively. Imagine the possibilities when a certain sub-set of information can become highlighted, or change color, etc, in response to a click or mouseover.
I bring this up because the current direction toward standards compliance may finally allow JSSS constructions to work cross-browser.
So I'm wondering, is it still too early? That is, are we still bug-infested? Has anyone been playing around in this arena with the newer browsers?
I've seen lots of complaints about various NN4 features that aren't supported in Mozilla, but I've never seen anyone complain about the absence of JSSS. It was a powerful technology in its day, but it was never widely used.
As for why we can't all use the same browser, it's because nobody's been able to create a browser that met every functional, price, and licensing need of every user and developer on Earth simultaneously. As soon as somebody pulls it off, I guess we'll all switch.
One big advantage to using Netscape is that virus writers today tend to target MS Outlook. Of course this is because of Outlook's market penetration, not because Netscape is superior. But right now, it's a lot safer to use Netscape for mail. Your address book is less likely to be exploited.
As a web designer, I also appreciate the fact that I can run many versions of NN on the same machine. Not so with MSIE. There are advantages to not being integrated so tightly into the O/S.
Certainly in recent releases, Explorer has been superior in many of the principal areas, and they clearly dominate the market. That still won't make everyone change their browser habits, so we code for both.
I am guilty of that: before I purchased a Mac, I used OS/2 on my PC.
The page display is very accurate.
The UI is simple, easy to understand, and doesn't eat up a bunch of screen space that could be used for the web page.
It's quite fast on my machine. C¦Net's benchmarks indicated that IE 5.5 and NS6.0 performed about the same in page-load times. Moz has gotten quite a bit faster in the months since NS 6.0 branched.
AFAIK, MSIE doesn't have built-in target and popup killers either.
The integrated mail client handles multiple accounts well. I haven't tried OE, but I'm told that it requires you to set up filters to put mail from different accounts in different folders. I don't know if it's even capable of putting the correct From: address on replies to messages from different accounts.
Some people seem to love ChatZilla (for Mozilla) and Netscape's integrated IM support. I don't do chat if I can help it, but that motivates some people to not use IE.
iCab has a page quality indicator that's popular with Mac-loving web developers.
I'm sure Brett can list some of the reasons some people prefer Opera over MSIE.