Netscape 2 |
Netscape 2 does not support document.images or window.focus.
Netscape 2 has a security bug: you can read out the location of frames and windows that don't come from your server. For more information on why this is a security hole, see the Frame Busting page.
Generally the Mac version is slightly less good than the Windows version. For instance, it has some problems with pop-ups. Although it does open the pop-up, it doesn't load the requested page in it.
Netescape 2 exists for Linux but I don't get it properly installed on my test computer.
There is also a Netscape 2 for OS/2. I don't have an OS/2 computer, but a reader sent me some
very interesting information. Although the browser is called Netscape 2 in fact it is
Netscape 3 compatible, up to and including
That explains why I never ever detected a Netscape 3 on OS/2, while both 2 and 4 sometimes show up in my browser detect. It is possible to change the user_agent string to Netscape 3.
Netscape 2 is hardly used any more. In fact, it looks as if nowadays the Mac version is more popular than the Windows version. Even taken together, Netscape 2 amounts for less than 0.1 % of the users, so I don't take it into account any more. But Netscape 2 users are usually able to muddle through even if they miss out on the mouseovers and the DHTML.
Apart from making sure that they can reach the content, I don't do anything for Explorer 3 users any more. It was already far too much trouble in the Version 3 Era, although sometimes something had to be done. Now, in the Version 5 Era, they should download a better browser.
This goes all the more for the Mac version of this horrible browser. The most stunning bit is that it does NOT support any event handlers: no onMouseOver, no onClick, no onSubmit. This means that common scripts like form checking or even the Select box navigation do not work.
it is quite buggy: more often than not it crashes on my site, even on pages that have no scripts at all. It crashes on
when you use the
it tells the world that it supports document.images but it can't actually do anything with this
array (even if it supported onMouseOver). To partially make up for all this horror, it is one of the few Version 3 browsers to
for use in date and time scripts.
I found a rare document that describes JScript/VBScript in Explorer 3 (75 K zipfile of a very large Word document).