Our First Weekend Discussion

Friday February 11th, 2000

I've decided to try something new at MozillaZine: a "weekend discussion". Every Friday, we'll have a forum on a topic of interest to Mozilla users and developers. Hopefully it will generate some interesting conversations.

This week's topic is "Web Standards". What are your feelings about the current standards "process"? About Mozilla and its standards support? About what standards Mozilla should support in the future? I'm also interested in getting some opinions from Mozilla developers on this issue. How do they feel about being the "guinea pigs" of the standards process, being the first to implement standards specifications and also being the ones to deal with the vagaries and inconsistencies between revisions in the current specs? How are developers feeling about Mozilla's standards support so far?

Our forums are quite civil, so don't be afraid to speak your mind. We'd love to hear what you have to say. Just click the "responses" link below to get started.

#13 Re: Why exactly is that?

by Tanyel <>

Friday February 11th, 2000 5:02 PM

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I believe mozilla would be a good browser to use to test the standards and show how they should be implemented. I did not say it was "less worthy". I feel misquoted.

My thought was that Mozilla is going to be more associated with Netscape than anything else, which would promote Netscape due to the "credibility" of the standards organization. That would give Netscape "de facto" credibility by association even if it was not the only standards-compliant browser.

Amaya? It could be a good "reference implementation" if they would get it to work. Has there been any progress? For instance, does it properly display Webpages made after 1990 yet?

I think a standards organization should be neutral, not aligned with a particular commercial product. Windows is the operating system, which, in an ideal situation, would be neutral and not aligned with a particular brand of software. Instead, Windows promotes the use of Internet Explorer specifically. If Mozilla were to suggest that people test their Webpages using Mozilla then they would be promoting the use of a particular COMMERCIAL product. That is why I associated this situation with the Microsoft situation, and referred to that situation as "Microsoft part II".

<defensive>My MozillaZine posts were innocent statements of my views on the MozillaZine topics, which is what I believe this forum calls for. I believe you offered a suggestion and asked people for comments on that suggestion. I believe I respectfully answered.

If any people or <loud tone=evil>gerbils</loud> feel that I am somehow being irrational, please explain this to me.</defensive>