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.


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

by Tanyel <tanyel@straightblack.com>

Friday February 11th, 2000 2:34 PM

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At this point, most of what you typed makes sense to me. The only part I am very skeptical about is the "enormous inertia" of the W3C. It seems to me that very few people paid any attention to the W3C until Mozilla agreed to follow their recommendations. Therefore, maybe AOL has the power, not the W3C. If that is the case then why is an "open" movement like Mozilla following a closed organization like the W3C?

Are you capable of initiating a standards body like the one you mentioned? If you try, I will probably support you. Of course I am not a large company or even a small one. I suspect the movement would be crushed like a Microsoft competitor but it would be valiant. :)