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Re: [css-d] God Damn Netscape

Sent by Andrew I. Mutch on 25 January 2002 14:02


Ben,

The "upgrades" to 4.x are minor security fixes for Netscape's
customers. 
More info here:

http://www.ufaq.org/ns6/why_4x.html

I've heard that these are customers who are waiting on features like
roaming profiles before moving to Netscape 6.x.

I think most people haven't moved Netscape 6.x because the "finished"
product hasn't been ready for prime time. Netscape 6.2.1 is pretty good as
are recent Mozilla releases but Netscape 6.x was a buggy mess.

I agree about Netscape 4.  There is some "safe" CSS you can use but I
would just as soon not waste my time on it.

Andrew Mutch




> Which begs two further questions:
> 
> 1. Why are they still releasing point upgrades 4 1/2 years on? None of us
> will be surprised if 4.79 turns out to be the last release.
> 
> 2. Why have so few Netscape users upgraded to 6, which has been on release
> for well over a year now? Look at any stats site, and you'll see a massive
> uptake in IE6 in just a few weeks. Why have people chosen to stick with NS4
> which still outstrips 6/Moz by around 7% market share to 1-2%.
> 
> Personally I abandon all notions of design support for NS4 when I approach
> projects from an all xhtml and css perspective, rather than waste time with
> hybrid code and hacks.
> 
> BTN
> 
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