Update on Tree Plan for 0.9.4
Saturday August 25th, 2001
Asa Dotzler has sent in an update to what mozilla.org's plans are for the 0.9.4 milestone. Click the full article link for more info on this, and what you can do to help.
#22 I think what he means is...
Sunday August 26th, 2001 9:01 PM
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...that he's waiting for the APIs to freeze, so that third parties can develop for Mozilla without worrying about their products not working when the next milestone comes out. It's a valid concern. The tricky part is, once those APIs freeze, Mozilla has to worry about maintaining backward compatibility during new development, and that slows things down. I was reading a bug report the other day (can't remember the # offhand), and it noted that to properly fix one of the remaining HTML bugs, they'll have to make a tweak to the plug-in API.
Right now, the only answer is that things are settling down, and the APIs are becoming "more stable" each milestone, and so third parties should feel increasingly safer about using them. Eventually they'll get locked down completely, and 1.0 will come out.
There's also a chicken and egg here...the drivers are (I'm sure) aware of what major third parties are using the APIs, and the more they are used, the more care they'll take in keeping them stable.