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.

#12 WSP = Whiny idiots

by Kovu <>

Friday July 21st, 2000 11:42 AM

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Now, I'll be the first to admit that I've advocated that to some degree, shipping a browser should be a priority. I think that spending an extra six months to hash out those last two bugs in DOM1 (arbitrary) for instance has a modicum of diminishing returns. Is it worth those 2 bugs for the possible loss of impact the browser has?

Having said that, I find the WSP argument utter gibberish. All the argument boils down to is impatience. Yes, it's okay to be uneasy about waiting, NO Netscape shouldn't release NOW. The browser will get KILLED in the market if it comes out in its current form. It HAS to go through the proper optimization stages to be worth releasing. Honestly, I think PR1 was almost a mistake. The horrible ZDNET review on it made IDG Books actually pull Netscape 6 For Dummies. It was a forced beta, I think, that AOL needed for the launch at Internet World.

The current schedule should hold, I think, and they should not hold back the browser for a couple of non-important standards bugs (and I mean NON-important, if they are important, hold it).

And the argument that they should "pull Nav4" shows just how stupid this person really is. You don't "pull" a browser. The only way to kill a previous browser is to release a new one and convince people to upgrade. Jesus, who did they get to write this, one of the management's kids for a high-school project?

And of course they haven't taken into account the Internet appliance market, where IE will see no real growth whatsoever, unless WinCE becomes a monopoly over night (it would have to not suck to do that).

Chris, I agree with you completely. I think the WSP served its purpose and is now just trying to find things to bitch about.