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Chapter 3. Browser Adoption of CSS > Mozilla and Netscape Navigator 6.x and 7.x

3.9. Mozilla and Netscape Navigator 6.x and 7.x

Mozilla is the open-source offshoot of Netscape. Back in February 1998, Netscape Corporation decided to freely release the source code for their browser, with the idea of opening up development efforts. One of the reasons behind the “open source” software movement is that it is a way for the contributions of many hundreds or thousands of outside programmers to help add features, find and fix bugs, and in general make the program more robust and flexible. In return, the program — including its source code — is available to all. This is the same line of thinking that led to the development of the Linux operating system. Like Internet Explorer, Mozilla is freely available for anyone to download, but unlike Internet Explorer, programmers can take the source code to Mozilla and adapt it to their own needs — with the proviso that any code changes/improvements be shared.

Jumping ahead one version number from version 4.x (there was never a 5.x release of Netscape Navigator) Netscape Corporation incorporated Mozilla's browser engine code (called “Gecko”) into version 6.0 of their browser. This immediately put Netscape back in the running when it came to CSS compliance, especially when compared to the haphazard implementation of CSS in Netscape Navigator 4.x.


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