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.

#21 Regretful Agreement

by tellarhk

Friday July 21st, 2000 12:34 PM

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I hate to admit this, as I have always been an ardent Netscape supporter among my friends, who succumbed to using IE several months before I myself finally did.

Netscape 4.x is crap. The standards compliance is pathetic, the load times are frustrating, and the output that is compliant, just doesn't seem to be as smooth as what IE offers. Is IE's domination of the market due to the Microsoft monopoly? Yes and no. Yes, IE 4/5 has a -far- greater distribution network than Netscape, being on every Microsoft OS released since 98. Yes, Microsoft drove Netscape under by giving away the browser. But, no, Microsoft has gained at least my use, by actually working. I haven't had IE crash and take out my whole system in a month or two, the last time I tried to use Netscape 4.73, it hosed half my processes. Was it -definitely- only Netscape's fault, could it have been IE being bitchy? Possibly. End result is the same, IE winds up as a more stable product. And, sadly, a more standards compliant one.

The WSP's complaint isn't simply the fact the browser is late. It is a final gasp, a grasping out for some hold on the promised salvation. Like they wrote, Netscape was the product they touted as the best, the brightest, the purest. It is the releasing of all the tensions, the stress, and the hurt, incurred by what they see as salvation denied. What Netscape has produced so far, is unreliable, bulky, and just plain broken. I want Netscape 6. I want it finished, I want it done -right-. But with IE having an estimated 84 percent of the market now, Netscape is the one playing serious catchup. And I don't think, having seen what I have of Mozilla, that it's capable of doing it.