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Linux Journal: The Many Faces of Mozilla

Nov 14, 2000, 20:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Angelo)

"In Part II of our Mozilla series, we look at that Mozilla face which is the multiplatform application programming framework upon which Mozilla-based software such as the Mozilla 1.0 and Netscape 6.0 browser suites are built. These cross-platform browser suites demonstrate the scope and power of the underlying Mozilla applications programming framework."

"When you see a Mozilla-based application such as the Mozilla web browser (or its Netscape 6 sibling) on your monitor screen, you are not exactly looking at an application or program. Rather what you see is an interactive web page generated by Mozilla and its Gecko layout engine. ... Web page is an oversimplification. The Mozilla web browser face and a web page are similar in that the Mozilla Gecko engine lays both out in the same way. Mozilla-the-browser is a combination of text, images, widgets and so forth laid out by Gecko to form an interactive user interface. That interactive user interface is quite similar to a web page, something we will call a "web-like page" here."

"To better understand what the Mozilla applications framework is, and the implications of it within the Linux community, you have to peel back the little, yet powerful, fellow's skin carefully to see what's under all that reptile leather. When you do that, you will find among other things that Mozilla-the-framework is compiled for several platforms (multiplatform) including Linux, Mac OS and Windows. More importantly, software built to run on the Mozilla applications programming framework or stage is pretty much OS independent and, therefore, cross-platform. That's because software built to run on top of the Mozilla framework deals with the Mozilla framework, not the underlying OS."

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