Whither M14?

Thursday February 17th, 2000

M14 is being handled a little differently than previous Milestone builds, according to this news post from Jim Roskind. Instead of building a solo M14 branch, and stabilizing that, they are going to continue to squash PDT+ and Beta flagged bugs, and will flag some daily builds this week as potential M14 candidates.

Jim also talks a bit about Netscape's beta plans. Their list of "beta blocking" bugs is shrinking quickly, but they haven't yet reached a point where Netscape feels comfortable doing a "beta" branch for stabilization. Jim says that he hope that happens "in short order".

We have to wait, but if some of the improvements over the past week are any indication, it will definitely be worth it.

#12 Re: Re: CSS and correctness of Gecko?

by rkl

Saturday February 26th, 2000 3:09 AM

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This brings back some old ideas discussed a while ago in Mozillazine:

1. A "bad HTML" message or icon somewhere. I know that Arena used to have this and it shows up badly-written sites easily to the end-user. Even better would be to have an option to pop-up a pro-forma dialogue box when you click on the bad HTML text/icon to send e-mail to the Webmaster to complain about badly-written HTML on their site. Webmasters aren't going to change unless they're told by their visitors that they can't view the site properly.

2. If you really *must* ship a Mozilla with support for non-compliant HTML (I personally don't agree with this, because it'll mean MS won't have to support standards fully with IE and the proprietary tag battle will continue), then a) only do it for stuff that's easy and quick to implement, b) make sure the default is to *not* support them, c) make the option to turn on broken support buried well down the preferences dialog and d) gradually phase out the broken support over time anyway.

To me, adding support for bad HTML is the complete opposite of the ethos of Mozilla. It's the *other* browsers that should be *removing* support for bad HTML and become more W3C compliant. If Mozilla shipped with bad HTML support, the others will continue to leave such rubbish in their browsers.