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.
#75 Mixed Response:
by mused <email@example.com>
Saturday July 22nd, 2000 12:40 AM
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I've been waiting a long time for Mozilla too. As non-compliant browsers dominate the market, web standards become less relevant. Microsoft knows this very well and web standards organizations are feeling very threatened.
The WSP should not have released this particular article. It's almost comical how ignorant they are, and of so many things. The article also demostrates how poorly they stick to their vision under pressure.
But, I've been waiting for a while to hear someone say what they said. I agree in principle with some of their points.
On the other hand, Mozilla promises to be a powerful platform for both end users and developers. The project has broken a lot of good ground and will deliver on some lofty promises. It should continue along it's current path to fruition.
But, a mistake has been made. End users have wanted a fast, compliant browser to compete with IE on Windows for a long time and end users drive the browser market. Netscape needed to deliver a gecko-based Netscape 5 to meet the demand and didn't. Why not? Only they can answer that question, but it needs to be asked and answered. And everyone needs to learn from the answer.
The bottom line is that the longer it takes for Mozilla to reach prime-time, the harder it's going to be for it to attract end user attention and succeed in promoting the standards it implements. Microsoft's market share has steadily been creeping up. The reasons (though foul) are irrelevant. Netscape, the Mozilla developers and the OpenSource community at large should all learn from this incident rather than simply dismiss it.
Dave Muse <firstname.lastname@example.org>