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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.


#13 WSP's got a point, don't forget

by omm123 <omm@mozcom.com>

Friday July 21st, 2000 11:43 AM

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I'm struck by the fact that no one has posted in favor of the WSP article. Perhaps if the points were retained and WSP didn't attack Netscape or the Mozilla developers, things would have been different.

The issue here is getting people (both developers and users) to support a standard (any standard). In this case, it's the standard agreed upon by the W3C body. Fine.

Any standard or technology, no matter how good it may be, will only flourish in the business world if enough people adopt it.

Ever wondered why Betamax lost the the VHS format? Or why Windows flourished and other OSes floundered? In both cases, we have competing technologies claimed by a group of our professional peers to be better.

Whether it was the intention of the Mozilla developers or not, a lot of people are frantically awaiting the fruition of Mozilla's promise because they've bet the whole farm on it.

It may not be the Mozilla developers' objective to deliver a product at anyone else's time but their own, but don't be surprised to find even your staunchest supporters gone cause it's a give and take world out there and what people need most and can't afford to give is time.