Mozilla: The Browser with Everything and the Kitchen Sink
Wednesday February 19th, 2003
For years, many of Mozilla's detractors have complained that Mozilla is too bloated with useless features. "Mozilla has everything but the kitchen sink," they retort. Well they're wrong because the kitchen sink will soon be coming to a Mozilla browser near you!
Makali writes: "A patch for Bug 122411 got a super-review today meaning that Mozilla (and presumably the next release of Netscape) will now have a kitchen sink. While in good humour and a rather cute touch, this does make me wonder how much time developers spend adding features of dubious value to our favourite browser when it still doesn't correctly support HTML 4.01." Makali offers up bug 915 as an example of a long-standing standards-compliance bug. Please remember that this bug, like all bugs, doesn't need to be spammed with useless comments.
> It's lack of internal coherence within the standards that's preventing Mozilla from becoming more > standards-compliant?
In some cases, yes (in addition to the other problems, like insufficient time, standards requiring a large performance or memory hit to implement, etc)
> In that case, shouldn't the team be e-mailing to W3C to clarify these areas?
There have been numerous request to the HTML WG for errata to HTML4 to clarify issues. They've been ignored (for years now).
The CSS WG is in the process of working on CSS2.1, which should address a lot of the issues with CSS2.
So this is happening, slowly, but writing a standard is a slow laborious process, especially when many competing interests are involved, as in the W3C.