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Aug 7th, 2002, 04:43 AM
I use IE because it lets me be who I want to be. ;)

I can put custom buttons on and highly customize my browser.

To my knowledge (which is finite, of course) Netscape doesn't allow such customization.

Of course, you people are the experts so......

What's the best browser?

Aug 7th, 2002, 05:07 AM
Originally posted by TranceNational
To my knowledge (which is finite, of course) Netscape doesn't allow such customization.

If you use a Gecko-based browser, such as Netscape 6, then you can rewrite the entire UI in a simple markup language called XUL. You could use an XHTML namespace and use XHTML to layout the look if you feel so inclined. Infinitely customizable far beyond what you can easily customize IE to...

Anyway, the best browser is easy: Mozilla.

Fast, most standards compliant browser in existance, open-source, based on superior Gecko rendering engine, etc etc. Not just the browser is nice though, I use Chatzilla for chatting on IRC, Mozilla Mail as my pop3 and newsgroup client (though it does have a few mem leaks), Venkman for JS debugging, etc. A most excellent browser suite. And NS7 is based on the Mozilla 1.0 trunk, so I don't need to download NS-branded releases complete with AOL junk anymore. :)

Aug 7th, 2002, 05:10 AM
That sounds pretty intimidating to a non-programmer like myself. I know HTML, some Javascript, and well.. that's it.

Is Netscape faster?

I thought IE was faster...

Aug 7th, 2002, 05:23 AM
Depends on who you talk to. Mozilla opens about as fast as IE for me, though others will say it takes forever. Seems to depend on the setup of your system.

And for rendering, it seems to me Mozilla renders faster than IE. Using a lighter XUL interface, K-meleon (another Gecko browser) seems even faster than Opera.

But IE's UI generally feels a little more responsive, simply because it uses native OS widgets though. (Mozilla's UI is rendered using Mozilla's rendering engine, as opposed to any native widget toolkit).

Aug 7th, 2002, 05:29 AM
"What's the best browser" is really a matter of personal preference. Sort of like "Is Ford better than GM?"...lol.

IMO, The best browser hasn't been released yet :D. But seriously, I think Mozilla is the best, but I use IE 6 quite often as well ;).

See this thread (http://www.codingforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=324) for poll results gathered from some of our members; includes opinions and comments :D.

PS: I moved this thread because it is more appropriate for this forum than the Javascript programming forum (in case you were wondering about the move) ;).

Aug 7th, 2002, 05:31 AM
as far as internet standards and the like are concerned, it's a tie between IE 5 for Mac, and Mozilla, as to which is best. as far as the GUI and the feel of the browser is concerned, that's a personal preference, and you can't say which one is better.

i know that netscape does allow for customization, but i'm not very familiar with how you go about doing it.

Aug 7th, 2002, 09:56 AM
Netscape 3 is the best browser ... everything since is just eye candy :D

Aug 7th, 2002, 12:27 PM
lynx, there's no eye candy there! ;)

Aug 7th, 2002, 12:37 PM
A few of links with some relevancy to this thread:


http://www.opera.com/ (See: Compose Your Own Opera for Linux and Earn Cash Read more >>)


Aug 7th, 2002, 08:50 PM
I'm going to go against all of you netscape people, and not that I'm a big fan of Microsoft, but I like IE6. You are definitely right that it is a matter of personal opinion though. Use what you know and are the most comfortable with.

Aug 8th, 2002, 01:34 AM
There is no doubt... GM is better than Ford.

Mozilla is my choice for general browsing, though if I am viewing changes to a site I am building, I use IE.

I have just found Mozilla Composer which is the editing tool.

Initial impression is that it is a great mix of WYSIWIG and Notepad, or you could call it a "light" WYSIWYG. Some really neat features I have found so far is the "Show all Tags", Easy table editor and quick preview (Faster than GoLive).

I am sure there is a hole bunch of other things in there.

It also seems to automaticly edit out incorrect tags?????? I put a </embed> and after saveing , it was gone again????

Anyone know anything about this???


Aug 8th, 2002, 03:53 AM
Cool. It seems everyone preferred IE6 over NS6 (that's NetScape 6, right?) in the polls.

I think I'll stick with IE6 for now. I wonder why they just don't agree on a common standard. I'm sick of having to make separate scripts and code for each browser...

Aug 8th, 2002, 09:44 AM
[i]I'm sick of having to make separate scripts and code for each browser... [/B]

You and the rest of us .... :rolleyes: Check out this thread, which is relevant http://www.codingforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1399

Aug 8th, 2002, 12:04 PM
I wonder why they just don't agree on a common standard.
There are common standards for nearly everything asociated with web design, given out by the W3C (http://www.w3.org/), but it's compliance (or the lack thereof) from browsers to these standards that is the problem.
So, i'd say the browser that is most standards-compliant is the best browser.

Jul 7th, 2007, 03:11 PM
You do when you install Windows.

Jul 7th, 2007, 03:17 PM
Seamonkey . . . inbetween opera and netscape!

Jul 8th, 2007, 12:34 AM
IE is the worst browser because it is the least standards compliant and also the hardest one to customise. The choice between any other browser is mostly a matter of personal preference because all browsers except IE are reasonably standards compliant and are easy to customise.