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10/17/2002 11:12:37 AM, Paul Prescod <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.