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Netscape Plans New Browser Engine

Netscape Communications Corp. Tuesday announced new technology, code-named NGT, which will serve as the foundation for all of its future client releases.

Netscape said NGT will result in smaller, faster, modular applications for a variety of computing platforms, devices and information appliances. NGT's new browser engine will allow the company to quickly develop new browser interfaces that will work across a variety of computer platforms.

According to Netscape, the layout engine acts as the "brain" inside a Web browser, interpreting data from Internet sites and displaying content on a user's screen. The new engine will improve the efficiency of displaying Web content while providing support for industry standards such as HTML 4.0, cascading style sheets, document object model, resource description framework and XML.

These standards are fully supported in the NGT browser engine and development tools and in Netcenter.

NGT will also offer the ability to build new application user interfaces once, regardless of platform, using Web standards such as HTML or XML to create elements such as toolbars and buttons. This enables use of the same interface across multiple computing operating platforms, helping to speed application development.

NGT's development has evolved in tandem with Netscape's Open Source project,, employing feedback and contributions from developers internationally. Developers can access the source code for NGT technologies and contribute to its ongoing development and testing through the Web site.

"Netscape's revolutionary next generation technology is at the heart of our future client products," said Bob Lisbonne, senior vice president of Netscape client products. "The result will be open source, standards-based browser products that are smaller and faster than today's products."