Full Article Attached Astounding Comments From the WSP

Thursday July 20th, 2000

The WSP (Web Standards Project) now states that it is interested in released products more than compliance, and has released one of the most astounding pieces of work I have seen come out of their office.

The WaSP, a pseudonym which speaks for the whole WSP (or at least its leaders) has written a piece taking Netscape to task for failing to produce a browser in the allotted time limit. Click "Full Article..." below to read my response. For the record, I am not an employee of Netscape.

#105 tyranny of standards?

by shelleyp <>

Saturday July 22nd, 2000 3:06 PM

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Standards (or recommended specifications as the case may be) were never meant to be a weapon used to bludeon companies until they gave in.

I've worked with (and written about) the differences in IE's and Netscape's implementations of "standards" since JavaScript 1.1. I've been more than frustrated at times with having to deal with cross-browser and cross-version differences.

However, I've respected the amount of work that's gone into making the very complex applications that we now call "browsers".

Mozilla is more than just a browser (as much as this ticks off some folks). The application development effort has demonstrated new paradigms in project management, as well as new and innovative (in a good sense) uses of XML, user interface design, and other technologies.

I'm anxious for Mozilla's release, but not at the cost of dealing with bugs that need fixing. Hopefully, the architecture of the product is stablizing, and most effort now is spent on creating a robust, usable product.

In the meantime, perhaps the folks at WSP should consider more constructive ways of showing support for standards.