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Throwing the Switch

In March 2000, Microsoft released IE5 Macintosh Edition, whose Tasman rendering engine, created by Microsoft engineer and W3C standards geek Tantek çelik, provided substantially accurate and mostly complete support for standards, including CSS1, XHTML, and the DOM. IE5/Macintosh included Text Zoom to enhance accessibility, and it was the first browser to use DOCTYPE switching to toggle between Quirks and Standards modes.

Busily creating their own innovations and preparing to release their own standards-compliant browser family, the engineers who were working on Gecko-based browsers knew two good things (DOCTYPE switching and Text Zoom) when they saw them. Gecko browsers including Netscape 6, Mozilla, and Chimera, released soon after IE5/Mac, included DOCTYPE switching and Text Zoom, along with the rigorous and detailed standards support made possible by the Gecko/Mozilla rendering engine (http://www.mozilla.org/newlayout/).


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