Better parser == problems

Alan Braverman (
Fri, 23 Dec 94 10:40:22 EST

Last night we released NCSA Mosaic for X 2.5 beta 3. I'd say it is fully
HTML 2.0 compliant (holding my breath, of course). I figured I'd seen the
last email from Dan complaining that Mosaic for X still displays text
inside the <HEAD> or that comment parsing is still broken in Mosaic for X.

Guess what? There's a lot more crappy HTML out there than I thought.
While testing beta 3, in which both bugs are fixed, I constantly run into
*empty* documents on the Web -- that is, documents that do not correctly
end their comments or <HEAD> sections.

The release announcement follows:


NCSA Mosaic for X version 2.5 beta 3 is available for public beta testing.
This version is a *BETA* and is not intended for use by non-beta testers.

The new features of release 2.5 include:

o Common Client Interface for external application control via TCP/IP
o Hierarchical nested hotlists stored in HTML
o HTML support for tables, subscript, superscript, and underline
o Kiosk mode
o External editor support
o Bug fixes

Be sure to read the Help on Version document for important changes:

NCSA Mosaic is available via anonymous FTP from
Pre-compiled binaries:
Source code:

Please send comments and bug reports to

Dave Thompson   <>
Alan Braverman  <>
Scott Powers    <>

Software Development Group National Center for Supercomputing Applications