Performance Comparison

Mozilla 1.0 was released 12 years ago, in 2002. We did a new start page for the browser, using cutting-edge web technology. It can still be found on www-archive.mozilla.org. (It’s suffered a little bit in the archiving… The transparent PNG dino tail is broken, and www-archive claims wrongly that it’s UTF-8 so you have to pick “Western” in the Character Encoding menu to fix the � characters.)

There’s a little easter egg in it. If you mouse over the word “Party”, then it launches little “DHTML” (that’s what we called it back then, when I were a lad) fireworks. It only fires one firework at a time. We tried it with more, but we discovered performance problems with manipulating more than a dozen “particles” smoothly at once.

How far we’ve come.

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