Mozilla Still Good After

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-07-26 Print this article Print

32 Days"> Overall, I think IE has stronger bookmark handling, but Mozilla is close to IE here. I prefer IEs in-place editing features, and its approach of storing bookmarks as individual files because I can then easily move bookmarks between systems or selectively archive them, but Mozilla imported my IE bookmarks fine and reads IE URL files, so the transition from IE is smooth. Here are some IE strengths Id like to see Mozilla adopt in future releases. Theyre all small things, overall.
I really like IEs smooth-scroll feature through a middle-button click. Mozilla uses this very effectively to open a new tab, but if not on a link when clicked, Id like to have the smooth scroll option. Its tiring to have to scroll with the keyboard or keep sliding the scroll bar handle.
IEs highlighting is also better. Its snap-to-word feature when highlighting text makes cutting and pasting easy. Mozilla also handles selection in its URL address bar in a way that keeps messing me up—once text is highlighted, a click-drag tries to move text (even though theres nowhere youd really want to move it). This behavior annoys when I click and drag sloppily to highlight the end of a URL in order to quickly delete it—what actually happens is I end up moving one part of the URL into another part of the URL. Mozilla has learned a lot of things from IE, even while IE has stagnated through its 5.5 and 6.0 releases. Its time for IE to start picking up some of these new tricks itself. West Coast Technical Director Timothy Dyck can be reached at Related Stories:
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    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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