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.

#4 Important missing standards

by sab39

Friday February 11th, 2000 11:48 AM

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While mozilla's standards support is great, there are a few important standards that are still missing. Each of these is, in my opinion, vital to the future of the web, and I hope that serious work is begun on these as soon as possible after NS ship their first branded browser. I'd love to see an NS5.1 within a few months that added support for them.

In particular:

XHTML (shouldn't be too hard since it's basically HTML4.0 expressed as XML, but I think it's vital to follow it to the letter)

CSS2/CSS3 (CSS2 has been a w3c recommendation for quite some time now... partial support seemed good back when NS first promised it, but as time passes FULL support will be more and more important)

XSLT - Please! This is a biggie. This is a "killer feature" in the latest IEs (even though it doesn't fully support the standard) and it's a big area where IE can still boast better "standards support"

Real PNG alpha - don't know what happened to the bug on this, but it didn't seem to be considered a terribly high priority. I'd like to see this in 5.0.

MNG - the last barrier to getting rid of GIFs on the web. Browsers need to support this *soon*.

MathML - the support is almost completely written already it seems. I hope it will be included in the branded 5.0.

Remember, I love mozilla. I think it is taking a HUGE leap in the right direction. But I really hope that these other standards get incorporated sooner rather than later.