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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.


#25 I agree with everything said

by aengblom <aengblom@gwu.edu>

Friday July 21st, 2000 12:42 PM

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I agree with everything said, but the mistakes were not made in 2000 or 1998, but in 1996/7, when Netscape Corp. failed to realize that Communicator would need a massive overhaul. Clearly, in order for Netscape to design and implement a program to meet standards and render quickly/efficiently/etc., the project (aka mozilla) needed to be well under developement while Navigator 4.0 was just being published. In Netscape's defense, no one could have imagined that Netscape's browser would be so out of date so quickly, so important to such a large number of people, and put in a head on battle against the Multi Billion dollar warchest/petty cash of Microsoft. Microsoft developed IE 1/2 (blah) 3 (not bad) (4 pretty good) (5 spectacular for the user). Very few companies can go head to head with MS and survive. But far fewer will survive when MS picks the battle. Netscape clearly was not developed with a long term view. Netscape sprinted to get their Communicator OUT OUT OUT! They sprinted, but now, when it suddenly became apparent that we're in a marathon and not the 100 meter dash, Netscape was out of breath and needed a complete overhaul.

Get the browser out folks, but it's been to long already to take the early entry advantage--sorry but we're stuck with getting the best browser possible :).

-Drew

But really we shouldn't have too much fear

Net Users: 400 million World : 6000 million :)