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.

#29 Re: Netscapes is still the boss

by danielhill <>

Saturday February 12th, 2000 6:51 AM

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I totally agree with this. Yes, Mozilla is the most standards compliant browser out there. This is what I think needs to happen:

1) The W3C opened up, with the public discussing and debating issues with HTML, XML and related things. 2) The W3C creating an independant reference implementation. I can't see why it can't use Mozilla / Gecko as a base to start from. Or parts of it at least. And keeping this reference up to date. 3) Easier to understand specs. The recommendations are very detailed, geared more towards browser programmers than web page developers. The W3C should take a look at Microsoft MSDN or Netscape DevEdge and create easy to understand versions of the specs. 4) A W3C-compliant logo. Like Intel Inside, it can be placed on products which pass a W3C compliancy test. 5) This contradicts number 1, but if a company joins the W3C, they should be forced to follow the standards. It should be in the contract.