Whatever Happened to the Netscape Hype?

Monday September 21st, 1998

George Giannukos writes in with an interesting question:

"I remember those days when Netscape's servers would be overwhelmed with traffic of people trying to get their copy of the newest most popular application on the net.

Nowadays you see Netscape doing all these little updates with small enhancements...

So I guess my question is, 'Why is this happening and do ya'll think Netscape 5.0 will stop this trend?'"

#8 Re:Whatever Happened to the Netscape Hype?

by Steve Parkinson

Wednesday September 23rd, 1998 1:52 PM

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Putting NGLayout in Mozilla 5 is perceived as 'too much risk'. We need to get a great browser out the door, and if NGLayout integration is going to add months of instability, it's not going to work. Maybe '5.1'

Improvements to current layout are substantial. This is what's going to be in 5.0 when its released, and it's what's in mozilla now when you download it. Here are the more visible features: 1) When you resize, the HTML gets 'reflowed' continuously. When you stop resizing, it doesn't refetch the page from the cache or network, and it doesn't reparse the HTML. 2) It no longer blocks on images. It just re-flows when the images start coming in. 3) Tables in general are used an awful lot to layout web pages. Nested tables suck in communicator, but now they are very fast.