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.
#60 IE has earned at least some of its share.
by rgelb <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday July 21st, 2000 6:08 PM
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I understand that IE comes prebundled with all Win98 systems. But it isn't fair to say that all of its market share came from preinstalled systems. I've switched from NS4.5 to IE5 simply because I grew sick & tired of NS crashing on regular basis, not displaying the pages properly, etc...
In addition, Netscape 4.x still comes with many systems - just take a look at the PCs at your local Circuit City.
As far as WSP insistense on removing NS4.x off the market, I understand that it is impractical for AOL. However, for me as a software developer and a web developer, it is a gigantic pain to write a page for IE and NS, just to find out that neither one works in Mozilla.
Anyways, what should have been done is this: the entire team should have worked on the layout engine (Gecko) and finished it. Then they could deal with issues like mail client, XUL, Chat Client, Cookie Manager and other stuff. This would allow 3rd party developers to write custom browsers based on Gecko. In fact, I did produce a small browser (based on Adam Locke's ActiveX control) that I used for a while. Unfortunately, the underlying engine was too buggy to be used. On top of it all, Mozilla team misled everyone when it placed engine completion to be at M9.
Anyhow, what's done is done. The team should now focus on squashing the remaining Gecko bugs as their highest priority and then deal with Netscape 6 Beta 2 issues (it is not a Netscape project, after all).