Netscape Navigator 2

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Netscape Navigator 2
Netscape 2 logo.gif
Developer(s) Netscape Communications Corporation
Initial release 1995
Development status Discontinued
Platform Windows 3.1/95/NT
Mac OS 68K
OS/2 Warp
Linux 1.2
Type Web browser

Netscape Navigator 2 was a proprietary web browser released by Netscape Communications Corporation as its flagship product. Versions were available for Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Sun Solaris, and HP-UX.

The browser introduced and improved a number of features and also added proprietary extensions to the HTML standard.

Features[edit]

The browser introduced many new or improved features:

Netscape Now[edit]

Netscape Now! 2.0 web badge

To promote Netscape Navigator, Netscape developed the "Netscape Now" program. The program promoted the display of the "Netscape Now! 2.0" web badge on websites with newly supported features, including frames, live objects, Java applets, and JavaScript.[7][8]

Popular plugins[edit]

The support for plugins led to the development of a number of popular plugins to extend Navigator's functionality.

Easter eggs[edit]

Netscape had several easter eggs. Navigator 2 featured verse 12:10 from The Book of Mozilla.

The bottom of "about:authors" read:

All human actions are equivalent ... and ... all are on principle doomed ...

—Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness, Conclusion, sct. 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shafer, p. 5
  2. ^ Shafer, pp. 4-5
  3. ^ Shafer, pp.5-6
  4. ^ a b Shafer, p. 6
  5. ^ a b c Shafer, p. 7
  6. ^ Shafer, p. 10
  7. ^ "NETSCAPE NOW PROGRAM". Netscape Communications Corporation. 1996. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "NETSCAPE NOW QUALIFICATIONS". Netscape Communications Corporation. 1996. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Shafer, pp. 71-72
  10. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/19970613234152/http://www.infinop.com/nhtml/lsinfo.shtml
  11. ^ McDonald, Glenn (Dec 2, 1996). "Image Compression Technology Optimized for Internet". PCWorld. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Shafer, pp. 72-73
  13. ^ "Lightning Strike Netscape Plugins". Infinop, Inc. 1997. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Shafer, pp. 75-79
  15. ^ Shafer, pp. 74-75
  16. ^ Shafer, pp. 79-82
  17. ^ Shafer, p. 197
Books
  • Ernst, Warren (1996). Essential Netscape Navigator 2.0. Sams.net. ISBN 978-1-57521-065-0. 
  • James, Phil (1996). Official Netscape Navigator 2.0 book : Windows edition : the definitive guide to the world's most popular Internet navigator (1st ed. ed.). Research Triangle Park, NC: Ventana. ISBN 978-1-56604-347-2. 
  • Hamilton, Dennis; Witherspoon, Craig & Coletta (1996). 60 minute guide to Netscape 2. Foster City, CA: IDG Books Worldwide. ISBN 978-0-7645-3008-1. 
  • Oliphant, Zan (1996). Programming Netscape plug-ins / Zan Oliphant. (1st ed. ed.). Indianapolis, Ind.: Sams Net. ISBN 978-1-57521-098-8. 
  • Shafer, Dan (1996). JavaScript & Netscape wizardry. Scottsdale, AZ: Coriolis Group Books. ISBN 1-883577-86-1. 
  • Tauber, Daniel A.; Kienan, Brenda (1996). Surfing the Internet with Netscape Navigator 2 (2nd ed. ed.). San Francisco: Sybex. ISBN 978-0-7821-1872-8. 
  • Wickre, James Barnett ; edited by Karen (1996). Guide to Netscape Navigator 2.0. Emeryville, Calif.: Ziff-Davis Press. ISBN 978-1-56276-354-1. 

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