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.


#17 Re: Re: Why exactly is that?

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Friday February 11th, 2000 6:14 PM

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--If Mozilla were to suggest that people test their Webpages using Mozilla then they would be promoting the use of a particular COMMERCIAL product.--

I disagree. Mozilla is not a COMMERCIAL product. Mozilla is not a COMMERCIAL product. Mozilla is not a COMMERCIAL product. If people test their webpages with mozilla it advances Mozilla and _any_ browser based on Mozilla. Netscape is not Mozilla. Many other commercial entities have and will continue to adopt Mozilla as a browsing solution. Testing web pages against Mozilla will advance Mozilla and ALL of the projects that use mozilla or that adhere to the standards.

--I think a standards organization should be neutral, not aligned with a particular commercial product.--

Mozilla is not a COMMERCIAL product. Mozilla is not a COMMERCIAL product. Mozilla is not a COMMERCIAL product. Standards organizations should be neutral. But they _should_ also be alligned with commercial products, lots of them. The more commercial products that work in a standards based way, the better. Isn't that the point. So the more commercial (or non-commercial)products based on Mozilla or based on the same standard, the better off we all are. If Microsoft comes along and offers up a browser that is stndards compliant then it will be a good model for other products, a good reference. The thing that makes Mozilla a better reference platform than even a standards compliant Microsoft browser is that Mozilla is open. Everything is open to scrutiny and debate. This is the definition of neutral.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding. If so please explain more about why an open source non-commercial project being developed by people from all over the world should not be considered as a good spec on which to base other standards complaint products.