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Re: Why Mosaic

From: ALASTAIR AITKEN CLMS <ZPALASTAIR@cluster.north-london.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 95 11:31 BST
Message-Id: <9503271033.AA07114@dxmint.cern.ch>
To: WWW-TALK <WWW-TALK@w3.org>
Svante Pettersson wrote @ Sat, 25 Mar 1995 17:15:02 +0500:

>My question is: Why does people use Mosaic when Netscape is better and 
>can be obtained free all over the net?

Netscape employs a number of non-standard markup tags.  They are not html,
they just look like html.   Netscape on my 486DX33 with 8Mb Ram has, at the
very best, a 66% hit rate.  That is to say that 1 out of every three (this
is a minimum) pages that I ask for returns a server error - mostly that the
server does not understand my browser's request.  This hit rate deteriorates
as the cache fills up, which appears to happen pretty quickly.

Netscape is flaky.  I know this because I also use lynx.  Every failed
request in Netscape is cut and pasted (for speed but it means I don't
mistype) into lynx which returns a 100% hit rate except for those requests
where the server itself is down.

I hope one day to see a graphical browser as fast and efficient as lynx but
I begin to despair.  Perhaps graphical surfing will always be a hit and
miss affair.  I have used Netscape on a PowerPC and another, slightly
higher spec PC than my own.  It is better on the Mac (PowerPC) but it is
still not very good.

>Do you think that I should limit my layout so that mosaic-users can enjoy 
>my pages as well? This would be a major setback for me because I really 
>enjoy the new features in recent versions of HTML.

I think you should go to the w3o or ncsa and get a copy of the latest html
specification (2 - which includes forms support) and stick to it.  Most
browsers will ignore markup they do not understand but groups like Netscape
will eventually produce something that lynx (for example) has a big problem

If you think your pages look different in Mosaic then fasten your seat belt
and have a look via lynx - fast, efficient, reliable but *no* pretty
pictures, fonts, buttons ...

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