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Offline JamesR

Netscape Communications 2.0?
« on: April 20, 2004, 04:05:40 PM »
Netscape Communications, thought dead when AOL laid off the entire browser division last year, is now hiring like crazy.  Earlier this month it was announced that AOL will release a point release of the Netscape browser suite (likely Netscape 7.2) based on the upcoming Mozilla 1.7 release.

according to CNET.

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Offline legion

Re: Netscape Communications 2.0?
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2004, 05:52:29 PM »
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"We are treating Netscape as a 'restart,' with a mandate and a budget to take Netscape in a dramatically different direction, although still focusing on its current businesses as the No. 2 Web browser and No. 3 general audience portal."


Notice the "dramatically different direction" part.  I wonder what they have up their sleeves...
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Offline JamesR

Re: Netscape Communications 2.0?
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2004, 06:09:31 PM »
This doesn't answer the question, but at least focuses it: "'Netscape is a terrific brand and there's a lot more we can do with the portal,' spokesman Jim Whitney said. 'But we're not prepared to discuss our plans at this time.'

I'm very curious to see what they've got in the works, too. I love the brand and was extremely relieved to find that the browser will still be supported.

Interestingly, and not related to the above discussion, it looks like Netscape is now based out of Columbus, Ohio instead of Mountain View, California.
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Offline Acill

Re: Netscape Communications 2.0?
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2004, 07:34:22 PM »
This is great to hear, they can get the forst paycheck when they port it to MorphOS and AmigaOS! That pot is up to nearly $9000 now. Well worth the work I would think.

In any case its good to have it back. I use Firefox when I am not using Ibrowse all the time. I even have Firefox installed on my work PC.
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Offline JamesR

Re: Netscape Communications 2.0?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2004, 12:13:05 AM »
I have Firefox at work, too. Thunderbird is also very decent, and just got a branding upgrade: http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/

And only now that the OS 4.0 developer version is gold is there a good chance Mozilla will be ported to OS 4.
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Offline Velcro_SP

Re: Netscape Communications 2.0?
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2004, 01:25:27 AM »
Instead of using Mozilla as the basis for Netscape, they should use Firefox and rename it NetFox or something!

I am a Firefox user too. FF doth rule. Firefox for MorphOS please!
 

Offline boing

Re: Netscape Communications 2.0?
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2004, 12:20:56 AM »
Isn't FireFox based on Mozilla already?

I like Netscape 7.1 but it fails on some things that 7.01 did fine.  Like playing embedded sounds and handling the MARQUEE tags correctly.

To see q quick demo of this (and it affects other Mozilla base browsers like Safari and IIRC Opera) goto
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Offline Waccoon

Re: Netscape Communications 2.0?
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2004, 08:49:14 AM »
FireFox is an entirely new browser, but uses the Gecko layout engine used in Mozilla.  Personally, I've found that it's loaded with bugs.  In particular, it has problems with CSS padding which has given me lots of headaches lately, and it randomly suffers from a "sticky Alt key", so when you're typing in message boxes, it opens menus like crazy and you have to Ctrl-Alt-Del to kill the background launcher (closing the windows isn't enough if you have quickstart enabled).  Blech.  I hope they release v0.9 sometime soon.

Netscape should be left to rest in peace.  It would be nice to have a properly designed browser using Gecko, but Netscape 6 was little more than Mozilla with lots of crapy toolbars thrown in.

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I like Netscape 7.1 but it fails on some things that 7.01 did fine. Like playing embedded sounds and handling the MARQUEE tags correctly.

It never ceases to amaze me how many people still use those tags... or don't even bother to check for parsing errors.  Browsers should just ignore blink and marquee tags these days.

One feature I'd like to see in a new browser is a warning that lets you know if the document doesn't parse correctly or has nesting errors.  Something unobtrusive, like the little "X" in the lower-left of the Mozilla browser when there's a Javascript error.  Nobody really wants to post broken HTML, and I wish my browser would tell me if there's a essential compliance error without having to use a 3rd party tool, like CSE Validator.

Of course, the WYSYWIG tools can use some help, too.  That Bill Mumy page was apparently made with a Microsoft tool and then edited by hand, so it doesn't surprise me that it doesn't work in Netscape.