Netscape unveils new client software

Netscape Communications has announced technology designed to serve as the foundation of Netscape's future client products. The next-generation technology, called NGT, contains a new browser layout engine. The new engine in NGT is designed to display data faster and provide support for Web standards, including HTML 4.0, Cascading Style Sheets, DOM, RDF and XML. It has been developed in conjunction with Mozilla.org, Netscape's Open Source project.

Netscape Communications has announced technology designed to serve as the foundation of Netscape's future client products.

The next-generation technology, called NGT, contains a new browser layout engine, according to a statement from Netscape.

The browser layout engine interprets data from Internet sites and displays it on a user's screen. The new engine in NGT is designed to display data faster and provide support for Web standards, including HTML (hypertext markup language) 4.0, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS1 and CSS2), Document Object Model (DOM), Resource Description Framework (RDF) and XML, according to Netscape.

NGT also lets people build platform-independent application user interfaces just once, using standards such as HTML to create toolbars and buttons, the company said.

NGT was developed in conjunction with Mozilla.org, Netscape's Open Source project, according to the company. Developers can access NGT sourcecode at http://www.mozilla.org/. The company was not immediately available to comment on when NGT will be incorporated into shipping products.

Netscape, in Mountain View, California, can be reached at at http://www.netscape.com/.

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