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.
You really think they could've shipped a version of Mozilla comparable to IE5, last year? Mozilla *still* isn't near IE5 on usability and end-user features. (It's getting there, but there's a long way to go.) Of course, on standards compliance, it's a little better, and the themes thing is cool, and being open source is neat (for me - I'm a programmer, most users don't and shouldn't give a damn about that).
Even if they'd abandoned XUL and built a native (Win32, possibly Mac) browser-only core for Gecko (which I do think would've been a good move for Netscape 5, perhaps it might even have been possible to reuse some of the Navigator 4.x UI code, but that needed to be done a year ago), I doubt it would have competed significantly with IE5 on a technical/UI level.
As for the article (which I didn't bother reading)... yawn. So Netscape and Mozilla are taking a long time to ship. Who cares, by this time there's nothing else that can be done - let's just be patient and wait for a proper release next year of a working, standards-compliant browser.