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Wired: Netscape 6: A Work in Progress

Apr 12, 2000, 18:16 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"Last year the company decided to toss out the spaghetti code that was going to be Navigator 5, and started over to build Netscape 6 around a new rendering engine code-named Gecko that would include contributions from open-source developers...."

"Preview Release 1 is far from feature complete. Netscape is more concerned with users test driving what's under the hood than what's built around it. As a result, there's a lot of basic features missing, including keyboard commands, a history of Web sites you visited, and the auto-completion of Web addresses. You can't even navigate backwards or forwards with the keyboard...."

"The browser is only slightly faster than previous version Navigator 4.72 when pulling pages off the Web, but it's clearly not in the league of Internet Explorer 5.01. Although text-heavy sites load quickly as expected, sites with substantial graphics such as CNBC can cause it to choke, even on a cable modem connection."

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