[Doc-SIG] docutils HTML contents generation and Netscape

David Goodger goodger@users.sourceforge.net
Sat, 03 Aug 2002 16:02:11 -0400

[David Goodger]
>> I'm not going to commit to full Netscape 4 support (it's a
>> bottomless pit),

[Guido van Rossum]
> I resent this attitude.
> According to recent statistics, NS4 is still more common than Mozilla,
> NS6, and everything else together (though behind IE, all versions
> together).
> Generating HTML 4.0 that doesn't rely on style sheets for features
> isn't hard at all.  Use CSS for pretty looks, but please stick to HTML
> for functionality.

Didn't mean to offend.  What I meant was, NS4 doesn't have good support for
CSS or even HTML 4 ("id" attributes are ignored, for example).
Functionality that is broken in the HTML under NS4, like the links that
didn't work that Pearu reported, will of course be fixed.  When I said "full
Netscape 4 support", I meant the CSS-side, the pretty looks; trying to get
NS4 rendering to look as good as NS6 or IE5/6 or Mozilla seems to be an
exercise in futility, especially since I'm not an HTML expert.  Patches and
advice are always welcome, of course.

Out of curiosity, do you have a URL for those statistics?

David Goodger  <goodger@users.sourceforge.net>  Open-source projects:
  - Python Docutils: http://docutils.sourceforge.net/
    (includes reStructuredText: http://docutils.sf.net/rst.html)
  - The Go Tools Project: http://gotools.sourceforge.net/