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Links Toolbar Landed

Wednesday October 3rd, 2001

Gervase Markham writes: "The Links Toolbar from bug 87428 has finally landed, bringing us ever-closer to full support for HTML 2.0. You'll see it in this morning's builds. The auto-show is still in development over in bug 102832. Good places to try it out are Bugzilla buglists, the W3C, htmlhelp.com and many machine-generated manuals or documents, such as the GNU Make manual."


#63 Re: Re: Cool, but ...

by strauss

Thursday October 4th, 2001 11:38 PM

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>> It's also part of the HTML 2 standards. You want mozilla to support HTML 4 right? Well, they need to support HTML 2 first. <<

No, they don't. Look it up on the w3c site at <http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/> and you'll see that HTML 2.0 is obsolete: "Note that with the release of RFC 2854, RFC 1866 has been obsoleted and its current status is HISTORIC."

Here's what HTML 4.01 says about the LINK tag at <http://www.w3.org/TR/html…/struct/links.html#h-12.3> : "Although LINK has no content, it conveys relationship information that may be rendered by user agents in a variety of ways (e.g., a tool-bar with a drop-down menu of links)." There is no requirement that they be represented by the user agent at all -- that's what the word "may" means. RFC's are very precise with language like "may," "should," and "must."

I think it's more accurate to say that, like many immature engineering organizations, Netscape/Mozilla lacks the discipline to stop adding new things and just fix and polish what's already been added at the right stage of the project. Those of us who've been through this perennial engineering conundrum know that it's a recipe for shipping an unstable product, or never shipping at all.