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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.


#114 Impatience is Becoming a Hallmark of Mozilla

by TonyG <tony.gorman@blueyonder.co.Yuk>

Saturday July 22nd, 2000 6:23 PM

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As Badrozd said earlier, the WSP article is a genuine display of impatience in a blustered vessel.

But heres the bind. In many, many quarters IE is the de facto standard and the WSP I suppose are fearful that the W3C standards are in danger of being marginalised as the ever growing band of "IE Developers" start to splurge out page after page after page of document.all.bullshit.

we all know how Micrsoft work. If they get 90+% of the browser share, they could easily turn around and tell the W3C to piss off and justify this by pointing at their market share. I tell you now what the reaction would be. -> Standards advocates who go into a rage and flame the net to buggery -> Half the worlds developer's would publicly cry foul play and privately breath a sigh of relief as they no longer have to figure out how the fuck to get Netscape to do half the things possible in IE5.X. -> The other half of the world's developers would publicly applaud and then get back to working spewing more ActiveX shite into the world. ->Mr and Mrs Joe Average user would stumble on blindly clicking those naughty attachments in Outlook, oblivious to the death of standards of which they are totally ignorant. -> The rest of use will wionder where it all went wrong.

Personnaly I totally share WSP's frustration with the lack of Netscape 6. I understand a lot of the reasons but that don't stop me from being miserable waiting. I want a Gecko based browser so the net will once again be a cool place instead of another puerile, boring, regimented Microsoft product. Microsoft.Net tm says it all...