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Adrian Roselli

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User since: 14 Dec 1998

Articles written: 85 has officially released the 1.0 version of Mozilla, which, of course, includes the Gecko rendering engine.

Since 1998, when Netscape opened up the source code to allow development of a new browser, through the aquisition of Netscape by AOL in 1999, followed by the release of Netscape 6.0 (built on beta versions of Mozilla) two and a half years after the Mozilla project was launched, the entire project has been alternately assaulted for taking way too long and being too buggy and praised for holding up standards and open source as an ideal.

Most recently, AOL released the first Netscape 7 Preview Release (no telling how many more there may be), although that happened before the release of Mozilla 1.0. Most likely, the final 7.0 release will be based on Mozilla 1.0.

Of course, with AOL now testing Netscape in CompuServe, threatening to deploy it to the AOL service, and given that Mozilla is open source, it will be interesting to see how this release impacts the suit AOL Time Warner has filed against Microsoft for strong-arm browser practices. While this release itself isn't going to change the state of the browser wars overnight, it's an awfully big symbol to be held up in court.

Check out some of the articles on Mozilla here at


The following is pulled from a release over on that trumpets the arrival of Mozilla 1.0. After all, they say it better than I.

Mozilla 1.0 features full support for HTML 4.0, XML 1.0, Resource Description Framework (RDF), Cascading Style Sheets level 1 (CSS1), and the W3C Document Object Model level 1 (DOM1). Mozilla 1.0 also has the industry's best support for Cascading Style Sheets Level 2 (CSS2), the Document Object Model Level 2 (DOM2), and XHTML. Standards support also includes XML data exchange and manipulation of XML documents with SOAP 1.1, XSLT, XPath 1.0, and FIXptr, as well as support for display of mathematical equations using MathML. Finally, it features a solid foundation of support for data transport protocols (HTTP, FTP, and SSL/TLS), multilingual character data (Unicode), graphics (GIF, JPEG, PNG and MNG) and the latest version of the world's most popular scripting language, JavaScript 1.5.

Further, Mozilla has been designed for easy localization into languages other than English, and localized versions of Mozilla 1.0 will be available in the following languages (with more to follow): Asturian, Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, Galician, German, Georgian, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Polish, Slovak, Serbian and Ukrainian.


Mozilla 1.0 is available for the following platforms, so go try to download it over there:

  • Win32
  • MacOS 8.5, 8.6, 9.x
  • MacOS X
  • Linux
  • BSD/OS (bsdi)
  • FreeBSD
  • OpenVMS
  • OS/2
  • Tru64 Unix

Ports are in the works for the following platforms:

  • MacOS X using Carbon instad of Cocoa
  • BeOS
  • Irix
  • The Qt toolkit, a Unix front-end
  • A pure Java version
  • Amiga DE (Digital Environment)
  • Acorn RISC OS


I'm taking bets on when the 1.1 release comes out...

A founder of, Adrian Roselli (aardvark) is the Senior Usability Engineer at Algonquin Studios, located in Buffalo, New York.

Adrian has years of experience in graphic design, web design and multimedia design, as well as extensive experience in internet commerce and interface design and usability. He has been developing for the World Wide Web since its inception, and working the design field since 1993. Adrian is a founding member, board member, and writer to In addition, Adrian sits on the Digital Media Advisory Committee for a local SUNY college and a local private college, as well as the board for a local charter school.

You can see his brand-spanking-new blog at as well as his new web site to promote his writing and speaking at

Adrian authored the usability case study for in Usability: The Site Speaks for Itself, published by glasshaus. He has written three chapters for the book Professional Web Graphics for Non Designers, also published by glasshaus. Adrian also managed to get a couple chapters written (and published) for The Web Professional's Handbook before glasshaus went under. They were really quite good. You should have bought more of the books.

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