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.

#6 A possible solution to the W3C problem?

by colin_zr <>

Friday February 11th, 2000 1:35 PM

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That the W3C is a very closed and secretive organisation is a common complaint, not to mention the costs of joining. I'm not too knowledgable about the actual W3C processes but in general I'd agree that an open system is preferable. But people have been complaining for years about the W3C and it shows no sign of changing, so I'd suggest that the only way to do something about it would be to set up another standards writing body to write standards in the same area. It's just occured to me that Mozilla might be a useful or even necessary part of such an effort.

I'm writing as the thoughts come to me at the moment so I apologise in advance if there are any gaping holes in my logic.

In order to create a new set of standards it would be necessary to overcome an enormous amount of inertia that is keeping people with the W3C's work. To do this there would need to be either some serious backing from one or more large companies, or a very good set of standards with a very good reference implementation. Since Mozilla already has an advanced rendering engine, the source code of which is accessible, it might be very useful for anyone wishing to create or experiment with proposed standards in this area. A proposed standard with a Mozilla based reference implementation would be far more impressive and far more likely to be adopted than just a proposed standard on its own.

Does that make any sense? Is there anything I've missed?