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.


#33 Re: Re: A possible solution to the W3C problem?

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

Saturday February 12th, 2000 10:25 AM

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I quite agree that a separate set of incompatible standards would be rather unpleasant, which is why I wouldn't advocate another group trying to take over existing standards such as html, css or xml. That would most probably result in forking, which would defeat the purpose of standards. But, where a new technology is created, it would make sense for the creators to make a reference implementation in Mozilla and set up a new body to maintain and promote the standard rather than proposing it to the W3C.

I don't know what such a new technology would look like. If it were too similar to a pre-existing standard then that might cause problems if they came into competition. However, if such a thing were to happen I wouldn't place any bets on the newcomer winning.