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RE: The Browser Wars are Dead! Long Live the Browser Wars!

  • To: 'Mike Champion' <mc@x...>, xml-dev@l...
  • Subject: RE: The Browser Wars are Dead! Long Live the Browser Wars!
  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@i...>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 10:45:31 -0500

browser wars
Have at.  But if that means I have to ditch a 
client that uses a language that gets the work 
done in a few lines of code vs a thousand, runs 
fast and is highly reliable over a system that 
can return 404 and has the highest maintenance 
costs in the business, no thanks.

For browsing the web, use a browser.  It just 
isn't that important to commercial application 
development.  All buttons don't use hyperlinks 
regardless of perceptions. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@x...]

10/17/2002 11:12:37 AM, Paul Prescod <paul@p...> wrote:

>You said: "The browser wars are over. The browser lost."
>You are wrong on both counts

I strongly agree with Paul here.  IE rules, but is not a 
source of much useful innovation these days.  
I very happily paid the $40 or whatever for Opera because 
it is SO much faster (on a 1GHz machine!) than
IE or Mozilla, and SO much easier to quickly configure to 
block out annoying animations, Flash-ing thingies, popups, etc.
but quickly reconfigurable to use a site that demands this nonsense
be enabled. Mozilla on the other hand has a lot more  suport for
cutting-edge XML stuff (e.g. SVG, DOM).  

Now if Opera would only support XML DOM <grr>.  
(Not sure about SVG support in Opera ... bare minimum, I think)

Even if the standards bodies and open source community don't keep
up, there are a lot of proprietary (but potentially universally
deployed) technologies that keep the browser a viable platform for
innovation and realistic zero-client-footprint applications.

I understand the urge to move innovative technologies (which XDocs
does appear to be!) into the revenue-generating Office line than the
freebie IE, but that leaves a vaccuum that there is plenty of
ability for a new browser war to fill quickly.


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