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.


#34 W3C better than nothing

by humanfact <mitchgould@generalpicture.com>

Saturday February 12th, 2000 1:53 PM

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I'm encouraged by the helpful observations I've read here, and I find I agree with many of them, such as: W3C is overly secretive and puts up too high a barrier for membership to be considered truly open. But perhaps that reflects the excessively political and adversarial nature of the struggle for control over standards. The DOM situation in the version-5 browsers, while hardly perfect, still represents a significant advance in cross-browser scriptability.

Mozilla is clearly way ahead of Microsoft in implementing some of the DOM Level 2 Event stuff. My experience in writing browser-forks for DOM 2 events to compensate for Microsoft's neglect of Events shows me we're not out of the woods with our dueling DHTML woes.