Netscape vs. Internet Explorer

RK-MUG

February 13, 2001

M. Firebaugh


I. Introduction


II. File Size and HD Requirements

Quantities Measured

Netscape 4.7

Netscape 6.0

Internet Explorer 5.0

SEA File/SMI File Size



11.5 MB

Installer Folder Size


424 KB

10.6 MB

Application Folder Size

36.6 MB

28.5 MB

22.3 MB

Memory Requirement

10.4 MB

25-29 MB

4.9 MB

Note: Memory requirements are tricky - see below:

G4 Mac (Netscape 6):

G3 Powerbook (Netscape 6):

G4 Mac (Netscape 4.7):

Conclude: Internet Explorer requires less memory and hard drive space than Netscape


III. Timing Tests

Quantities Measured

Netscape 4.7

Netscape 6.0

Internet Explorer 5.0

Load Time, 500 MHZ G4/56K-Modem

50.0 sec

55.7 sec

40.2 sec

Load Time, 300 MHZ G3/56K-Modem

66.9 sec

92.5 sec

45.7 sec

Load Time, 300 MHZ G3/T1

45.8 sec

N.A.

6.4 sec

Load Time, 266 MHZ G3/T1

26.9 sec

25.2 sec

14.0 sec

Conclude: Internet Explorer load faster than either Netscape


IV. Features

Recall the new MacOS X "liquid look":


Latest version Browsers follow the trend:

Old Look:


New Look:


Both new Browsers have the "Quasi-Frame Sidebar"



Top 6 Reasons to Download Netscape 6:

1. Streamlined, easy to use interface
2. Built-in search to find things faster
3. Easy access to all your email accounts
4. My Sidebar displays your important content
5. Save time with Forms Manager
6. Personalize your browser's look and feel


V. Problems

1. Non-Standard Tags:

<BLINK>

<SPACER>


2. Inconsistent treatment of HTML Tables

 

Customers

   


3. Remember WYSIWYG? . . . well,

WYSI still NOT WYG

Consider:

http://www.uwp.edu/academic/computer.science/wwwPub2.www/wwwPub2.html

Notice:


4. Incompatible JavaScript Implementations

Consider:

http://www.uwp.edu/academic/computer.science/morris.csci/Seminar1.2000/Expanding.html

See:


5. Incompatible DHTML Implementations

Consider:

http://www.uwp.edu/academic/computer.science/morris.csci/Seminar1.2000/Seminar1.html

Notice how


6. The result is: Browser Sensitive Code

Consider:

http://www.uwp.edu/academic/computer.science/morris.csci/Seminar3.2000/Eyes.html

Notice the frequent use of code like:

function setHandlers()
{if(!mie) {y0=document.eyeballs.top;
x0=document.eyeballs.left;
ae=document.eyeballs;
le=document.lefteye;
re=document.righteye;
window.captureEvents(Event.MOUSEMOVE);
window.onMouseMove=myhandler;
}
else {y0=document.all.eyeballs.style.pixelTop;
x0=document.all.eyeballs.style.pixelLeft;
ae=document.all.eyeballs.style;
le=document.all.lefteye.style;
re=document.all.righteye.style;
}


7. Final Problem - Netscape 6.0 breaks frequently