Netscape 6: At Long-Awaited Last - HTML with Style | 8
So what's the verdict? Will Netscape 6 become the dominant browser that Navigator was before version 4? Should you plow through the documentation and begin experimenting with DOM trickery and extreme CSS positioning? Should you buy AOL stock?
The answer is, I don't know. It's on the knife edge. Netscape 6 is an incredible browser, but it's not incredible enough for me to proclaim it a success already. On the other hand, it's definitely incredible enough to have a fighting chance.
What I can tell you is what I'd like to happen: I want Netscape 6 to succeed. I want developers to develop for it and users to use it. This is not out of malice towards Internet Explorer, but because I believe that if Netscape 6 is seen as a major contender, then Microsoft will have no choice but to fight back in the same way, by implementing standards. Netscape 6 is important because if it gains market share, even a little, then it changes the name of the game.
Netscape 6 is still the best hope for an open, interoperable Web where anyone can contribute and participate, regardless of whose products they buy. Internet Explorer had its chance at a monopoly; IE5.5 was released under little pressure to out-perform the competition, but the result was not satisfactory. Netscape 6 must succeed, if only to force Microsoft to clean up its act. It's been said too many times, but the guys at Redmond could use a bit of a challenge.
Produced by Stephanos Piperoglou
Created: November 30, 2000
Revised: November 30, 2000