NetMechanic Says Netscape 6.0 Not Fully DHTML Compatible
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NetMechanic Inc. this week announced that administrators of sites that utilize Dynamic HTML (DHTML) scripts need to be aware that the latest release of the Netscape browser, version 6.0, is causing significant incompatibility problems.
Since the browser was released in April, it has been triggering a backlash from users because of its handling of Dynamic HTML.
NetMechanic said it is releasing information about the problem in the hopes of preventing Web site developers from unknowingly becoming the victims of browser incompatibility, one of the most significant problems faced by those who manage a Web site. The main cause of incompatibility on a Web site tends to be a lack of the resources that are required to continually view and test a site using each of the many available browsers.
Netscape officials could not be reached to comment on NetMechanic's charges.
Mozilla.org is the non-profit group that supervises the Navigator browser's development. The group decided not to support the older, non-standard versions of the Document Object Model, or DOM. This is the cause of most of the problems with DHTML scripts under Netscape's new browser. Since the browser is still a preview release, backward compatibility issues may be corrected at the time of the official release date. If you are interested in verifying that your code still works, you can download a copy of Netscape Navigator 6.0 from the Mozilla Web site.