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.


#7 Re: W3C and Standards

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

Friday February 11th, 2000 2:01 PM

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I disagree that layer is more intuitive than div. Remember that html markup is (or should be, at least) based on meaning rather than appearance. A div is a logical division in the document that _might_ be layered on top of something else, but then again it might not. It could even be spoken by an aural browser. You misunderstand the purpose of div if you think of it as nothing more than a replacement for layer. What's more, layer belongs to that class of html tags and attributes which includes font and bgcolor, which have quite rightly been deprecated in html 4.

On the other hand, there are plenty of css rules which do appear to be needlessly unintuitive, and I suspect, detrimental to its adoption.