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.

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by drmemory

Saturday July 22nd, 2000 12:05 AM

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Unfortunatly, Mr. Nelson's response only serves as an amazing demonstration of why people are so frustrated with Netscape. A brief sample:

"The reason for Netscape's declining share is nothing more than Microsoft's monopoly control over the browser marketplace. "

Horsefeathers. No, it didn't help matters that Microsoft was able to bundle IE with Windows, but that was merely the icing on the cake. Microsoft Money gets bundled with basically every OEM system out there, and you don't see Quicken hurting for sales. IE beat Navigator because IE was by FAR the superior product. Not based on its compliance with a suite of empty (ie: referenceless) "standards", but on the simple grounds that it was faster, easier to use and crashed a hell of a lot less often.

As long as Netscape pretends that what happened to Navigator was anything other than a massive engineering and management failure on their part, they will have no chance of ever making up the difference, no matter what happens in any antitrust trial.

"I would venture that half of the "86%" of users who are using IE now have never even seen Netscape's browser."

We can only hope so. Because that may be Netscape's only prayer for a comeback at this point, as it's for damn sure that anybody who has seen the current product is never in a million years going to think it's worth their time to evaluate version 6.