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Netscape 6 Released

Tuesday November 14th, 2000

Netscape 6 has been released. You can download the installer here.


#196 Re: RE: Ugg (Here we go again)

by Mike_Cornall

Saturday November 18th, 2000 4:15 PM

You are replying to this message

> Let's take for a example a few sites out there in existence now:

> 1. ABCNews.com 2. ZDNet 3. CNet 4. SoftSeek 5. CombatSim.com 6. Yahoo! 7. Altavista

Okay. I've just used Netscape 6.0 to visit ABCNews.com, ZDNet, CNet, Yahoo, and Altavista. Except for a minor page layout glitch on ZDNet, they all worked fine. That suggests to me that those sites support W3-standards-compliant browsers now. Why would we expect that to change?

> Do you honestly think that they are going to start developing their sites while strictly adhering to the W3C?

Yes, that's exactly what I think. As the number of browsing options increases (Mozilla, Konqueror, Opera, game platforms, cable boxes, PDAs, etc.), compliance with standards is the only way for web developers to ensure that they can reach all users. Businesses will think twice before choosing to tie themselves to IE, or any other proprietary niche.

> To make matters worse, this recent release of NS6 has *turned off* a rather large segment of committed NS4.X users

I doubt that. In my case, I liked 6.0 so much that I've already upgraded, and I've been using it for the last three days (on Linux). But even if some users are experiencing more problems than I am, the fact that they see it working well for some users should be enough to convince them that it's worth waiting for the 6.1 release.

So tell me, is it your purpose to convince users that they *should* be turned off?