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.
#107 Another perspective
Saturday July 22nd, 2000 3:18 PM
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For the past 3 years I have been a tech coordinator for a school district. During that time I have promoted the use of Netscape in my district, encouraged our teaching staff to use it, and taught all of my Internet-based classes using it. I have watched and waited, tracking the process of mozilla and hoping that Netscape would release a superior product soon. But let's be realistic here-At what point does this loyalty do a disservice to the teachers and students? At what point does their teaching and learning experience suffer, because Netscape cannot handle the content that they need? I admire what they are doing. But someone earlier brought up a good point: With all of the resources available to AOL/Netscape, why must it take so long? And another point: Why not release a browser-only version and a full suite? Do they really have anything to lose by doing that? People in my position have a responsibility to provide the best services to our users. When Netscape 6 finally does arrive (and works!) I'll promote it until I'm blue in the face. But IE5 is the better choice at the moment. The WSP's impatience is understandable; their mistake is in how they chose to express that impatience. They are lashing out as if Netscape is their last hope, lest their message (and standards) be buried under the weight of Microsoft. The WSP should be worried. The typical home user, far from caring about standards, mostly cares about the program working when need it to work. Until they get burned by IE's security issues or they can't do what they want to do, Netscape will not be an option. And unless Netscape has something better to offer them, they'll stick with the devil they know. If Netscape can produce a browser that doesn't detract from the learning and teaching experience in my district, I'll go back to it, but to do so now would be an act of nostalgia rather than common sense.