MozillaZine

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.


#15 Re: Make Mozilla the "Reference Implementatio

by colin_zr <c.z.robertson@ndirect.co.uk>

Friday February 11th, 2000 5:33 PM

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I don't think that Mozilla has to be *the* reference implementation, and I'd be slightly uncomfortable if it was. Html in particular, and css to some extent, are standards which allow a multitude of different implementations. In the case of html this is definately a Good Thing.

I would be very happy for the Mozilla code to be used as a testbed for new technologies, and I'm happy for people to point to Mozilla when they want to give an example of something specific that it does right. But a single reference implementation, whichever browser it was based on, for many of the W3C's standards would be undesirable.