mozilla.org releases Mozilla Milestone 0.9.4
Friday September 14th, 2001
#162 Re: Re: Re: 1.0 is in
Tuesday September 25th, 2001 2:34 PM
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I'm going to have to ignore a lot of irrelevant comments here. I also note that your tone has turned snide again, so don't be surprised if I get a little snippy in response.
Sorry, I don't see any response in there on the main question: how does having to support multiple browsers help my application's competitiveness "on an even playing field"? Was there a meaning to that comment?
As for standards, I haven't seen any reason to conclude that the W3C DOM standards are better than the Microsoft standards. Is it just that it's not Microsoft? The pragmatic fact is that you can do a lot more with DHTML in IE than you can in Mozilla. If there were a bunch of browsers that were all W3C compliant and IE was the oddball, then yes, the standards would have some weight -- they'd have some pragmatic impact. When there is only one browser adopting the so-called "standard," though, it becomes just one product against another. There's no actual standard.
We're in business. We're not on a crusade. What do you have to offer us in business terms? User benefit is business benefit; however, your statement that W3C standards are better for users seems strange given the greater richness of DHTML interfaces that can be developed under Microsoft standards. It seems to me there is more an idealism than a pragmatism in your stance, and I am not sure it is an idealism that has any significant real-world benefits.