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.
IE is the leading browser on the Mac for two reasons.
1) Apple and Microsoft's agreement in 1997 guaranteed development of Office and related products in exchange for making IE the default browser in MacOS. The fact that Netscape still comes on the MacOS CDs is a testament to just how healthy Apple is now, because they don't have to succumb to one of Microsoft's deadend licensing deals that prohibits distributing Netscape (which Windows OEM companies are just now starting to lash out against).
2) For some reason, Microsoft and Apple's joint IE for Mac development team seems to understand the Mac and the Web better than the IE for Windows team understands Windows and the Web. IE for Mac is light years ahead of IE for Windows in terms of the sorts of stuff people want from Mozilla. In fact, most of Microsoft's Mac offerings are now better than their Windows counterparts, because they actually feel like Mac applications for the most part, while Microsoft's Windows offerings constantly redefine look'n'feel.
Honestly, I'll be surprised to see Mozilla win on the Mac, given IE 5. It would be the height of irony if IE lost on Windows but won on Mac. :)