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.
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Friday July 21st, 2000 4:14 PM
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"Even according to your piece, the masses don't know standards compliance from a hole in the ground."
But they do know a working browser from a broken one. If both browsers worked on the same HTML, the effect would be transparent. We could all write standards based code and no one would be the wiser. But when we do now, and NS 4 chokes beyond belief, then you have a problem. Not only with the average user, but with companies, agencies, their clients, and anyone else trying to make sites that work in all browsers. So when IE 5 does more things while breaking less then developing sites becomes an issue of making a "crippled" site for Navigator and an "enhanced" one of Explorer -- the same thing that causes a user base to shift in the first place. Which is what the WSP letter was about in the first place: The longer without Mozilla, the more the split increases, and if Mozilla fails in the end, it becomes an example of how web standards DON'T work, and that'll screw up the industry for years to come...