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Linux Journal: Mozilla Browser Suite

Dec 01, 2000, 07:17 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Angelo)

"If you have any notions that Mozilla, the browser suite, is an upgrade from Netscape Communicator 4.x, please lose them. Picture Mozilla as a browser suite that is new from the ground up, but just looks and feels lots like the Netscape 4.x browser suite--particularly if you use the Classic skin. "

"The two main parts of the Mozilla browser suite, the browser engine (AKA Gecko) and the interactive interface system, were built a-new from the ground up. But let's look first at what you see first when you launch the Mozilla browser suite--the browser's graphical user interface (GUI) or simply the user interface (UI)...."

"At the very heart of Mozilla is the new Gecko layout engine. Gecko lays-out the Web-like pages that are what you see when you look at Mozilla-based applications such as the Mozilla browser, composer or e-mail clients. It also lays-out the actual web pages that you view in your Mozilla-based browser or page composer, too."

"The new Gecko layout engine appears to be lighter and faster than its predecessor Netscape layout engine. It's designed to be strictly W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards compliant. However, that could be as much of a headache as it is a blessing."

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