The Pocket Guide to Web Browsers
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Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0
win Mr.Gates. Forget the Anti-Trust Case.
Forget the complaints about licensing and incompatible products that have
plagued Microsoft for years. The fact is
most people don't care.
are more than happy to use a browser that is more reliable, more sophisticated
and far easier to use than anything else on the market. Does this mean
your grandchildren will be using version 26.0 of Explorer in the year
2040? Nah. The crystal ball shows a competitor appearing out of nowhere.
The only questions are who it will be and when it will happen.
AOL purchased Netscape two years ago for $401 million experts wondered
if what is basically a marketing company at heart would have the savvy
to keep Navigator competitive.
The answer turned out to be no. The desperately needed release of 5.0
as been pushed back leading to serious morale problems in Palo Alto. Skeptics
think the company should worry less about developing branding channels
and more about restoring Navigator to it's former glory.
browser comes in two distinctly different flavors - Netscape Navigatorr,
a basic browser with limited functionality and Netscape Communicator,
a more full-featured version including email, and Netscape Composer,
an entry level web page editor.
more on Netscape see "Netscape - Et Tu Mountain
View?" and Netscape 6.0 reviewed.
...Fans praise it's blazing speed and
precision handling. Considered by some to be the only viable alternative
to IE5 following the demise of Netscape.
industry press chuckled when Opera appeared on the scene.
later the Opera browser is still around and growing in popularity among
surfers unhappy with overproduced software and bloated code. We judge
it to be worth a test drive at the very least.
wonder how much market share this browser would have won by now if the
company had not insisted on making users pay for it after a 30 day trial
period, a strategy at odds with the free distribution scheme that quickly
made both Netscape and Internet Explorer household names.
They make you pay for it.
This cute little German web browser has
already attracted a modest following among Mac users. "Das Internet
Taxi fur den Mac." will appeal to surfers hungry for a change from
Useful features include the ability to bookmark individual frames on web
pages (Really useful considering the sort of bookmarking problems frames
often cause in other browsers), cookie filtering capabilities, and an
image filtering system which can block out unwanted banner ads. HTML purists
will appreciate one feature in particular - a unique "smiley"
feature will let you know immediately if a page conforms to current W3C
standards. A handy tool for web developers who want to know if their pages
are shutting out potential visitors.
- Mac only. USD 29
for full featured iCABpro,
A browser? Well, technically no. NeoPlanet
is a "skin" or shell that slips over a I.E.5 engine.A
good-looking, snazzy design with plenty of neat features but one glaring
weakness: a tendancy to self-destruct in moments of stress.
As has been said of many a young athlete, there's potential for greatness
here - if and only if the NeoPlanet development team gets its act together
and irons out some rather serious wrinkles. A large selection of available
skins which allow users to customize Neoplanet's appearance to suit their
tastes, make this one of the more visually appealing browsers.
Expect spam from NeoPlanet marketing. Annoying pop-up ads on browser launch.
A weak email program. You'll probably want to use either Outlook
or Eudora instead.
Another IE deriviant. Netcaptor's claim
to fame is it's ability to allow users to toggle back and forth between
different web sites using a convenient tab based system. Apart
from this feature, this browser looks, smells and tastes a lot like it's
Users are forced to endure the company's banner advertising in an integrated
browser window or pay US 19.99 for an ad-free version.
In our Windows-Centric
world, it's easy to forget that a significant number of computer users
are still stuck in Dos-based environments - either by choice, or because
they simply have no other option.
Arcachne, a compact, DOS-based browser developed by Czechoslovakian programmer
Michael Polak in Prague, enables users to surf the web using the same
sort of graphical interface you'd find in Windows or on the Mac system.
ideal choice if you find yourself stuck using an older machine without
the resources to run today's superbrowsers.
the company name from XChaos software to
Arachne Labs was a wise marketing move. Some
surfers were understandably hesitant to install anything on their computer
from an unknown eastern european company with a name that brings to mind
visions of ... the ebola virus.
that they've come up with a more suitable corporate identity it may be
time for the Czechs to rename their product.
Suggestion? How about HappyPlanet? Sort of like the NeoPlanet thing. Only
browser resources/Suggested reading
netwebly browser garage
To make life a little easier
for you, we've pulled together a small collection of browsers you can
download and install on your system to check your web site for potential
problems....you may also want to try one of these out if you'd rather
use an earlier version of one of the current browsers on the market.
Web Standards Project
advocates of browser standards. A focal point for the standards
collection of articles and tips on browsers and plug-ins. Updated frequently.
A member of the Internet.com network.
the most out of your browser
It's among the best ways (if not the best) to
learn how web pages work. Popping
open the hood to take a look at the source code of a web page to see how
something is done is straightforward and often revealing (In Explorer
click View + Source.), but looking for a
specific snippet of HTML or a particular script can be a pain, especially
if you're inexperienced or facing a page with hundreds of lines of code.
Happily, Microsoft has come up with a solution.
Developer Accessories utility for Internet Explorer
5.0 enables a new browser command "view
partial source". Highlight a page element and then right click
- you'll see only the code you're interested in. A must-have. 131
KB free download available from Microsoft.com
collection of browser downloads hosted by CNET.
collection of frequently asked questions about web
good collection of linux compatible web browsers from blue chip download
widely publicized open-source project at the heart of the latest version
of the Netscape browser. Although Mozilla has received much sympathy in
the press, open source programmers have been predictably reluctant to
participate in a project with close ties to America
Jackson's findings of fact in the Microsoft Anti-Trust Trial
1999 document in which US District court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson
detailed the facts at stake in the government's case against Microsoft.
200+ pages. Break out the
Microsoft played hardball
Classic October 1998 Times article chronicling the Redmond software giant's
tactics in the browser war.
for IE's Cookie Catcher
An IE World (Wide Web)
Says You Can't Escape Netscape
Awarded Style Sheet Patent
Disputes Netscape Meeting Account
[N.Y. Times ]
Browser Wars: Navigator vs. Explorer
Netscape Tragedy: by Jon Katz
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