XML News from Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Mozilla Project has released SeaMonkey 1.0. This is the continuation of the integrated Mozilla suite, and has XML support roughly equivalent to Firefox 1.5 (e.g. XML, XSLT, CSS, XHTML, etc.) There's something to be said for having the e-mail client, web editor, browser, and more rolled into one application. However, there's little to be said for maintaining the same ugly user interface of the old Mozilla builds. I didn't realize it until I switched back after surfing with Firefox for some months, and then tried switching back; but there's more to Firefox than just a stripped down Mozilla. I can't quite put my finger on it, but Firefox just looks prettier than Mozilla/SeaMonkey does. It sounds trivial; but if you try using both, I think you'll vastly prefer Firefox.

Meanwhile, over in AOL-land Netscape has released version 8.1 of its namesake web browser for Windows based on Firefox 1.0.x. This release plugs some security holes. All users (both of them) should upgrade.