The list, which has been making its way through newsgroups and discussion forums frequented by programmers, enumerates 101 of Mozilla's capabilities that author Neil Deakin says Microsoft's market-leading IE browser lacks, including the ability to navigate numerous browser windows through tabs and the ability to block pop-up advertisements.
Deakin, a 28-year-old Toronto resident, contributes occasionally to the Mozilla open-source project and maintains a tutorial on Extensible User Interface Language ( ), a Mozilla technology for creating the browser interface with common Web development languages rather than native computer code.
Mozilla.org is the group responsible for the open-source development of AOL Time Warner's Netscape browser code. Netscape Communications and other companies base their branded browsers on the Mozilla code, but Mozilla exists as a separately available browser as well.
Deakin said he created the list in response to a question posed in a discussion forum about the advantages Mozilla had over IE. But he cautioned against reading too much into his findings, pointing out that it would be trivial for someone to compile a similar list of features IE has that Mozilla doesn't. He also said that people would be more likely to change their browser in reaction to a negative experience than the promise of a positive one.
"I definitely prefer Mozilla over IE, both as a user and a Web developer," Deakin wrote in an instant-message interview. "But I don't think people will switch because it's the better browser. People will switch if they get frustrated with some aspect of IE--too many pop-ups, for example. Most people aren't looking to switch, so Mozilla wouldn't help them if even if it had 1,001 features."
Microsoft and Mozilla.org were both unavailable for comment.