Full Article Attached Discussion on the Future of Mozilla Tech Evangelism

Monday May 12th, 2003

Bob Clary has posted a newsgroup message to netscape.public.mozilla.general about the future of Mozilla's Technology Evangelism effort, which aims to increase support for Mozilla and other Gecko-based browsers on the Web and inside of corporations.

#15 Produce a document

by pkb351 <>

Tuesday May 13th, 2003 7:23 PM

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First I have only limited experience with web development. Is there a forum, mail list, or web site, etc. which many professional web developers regularly visit. If so, is there someone willing to write up a short document/tutorial lisiting several of the most common issues web site have which do not work with Mozilla/standards complient browsers. Then can suggestions be given to rework these issues so that the code will now work with Mozilla/Standards complient browsers.

If the article describing ways to rework your web site to work with Mozilla/Standards complient browsers can be written and posted at a site frequented by web developers maybe some will see that it is not all that hard to make their site work beyond IE and begin reworking their site.

Another suggestion, although not specifically an evengelism solution is for Mozilla to work at improving Composer. Composer may never compete with Dreamweaver, but it is possible for Composer to be a serious contender to FrontPage. If Composer improves significantly, more pages will be produced which are complient. I hope Composer will be marketed to semi-professional web developers as a WYSISWYG development tool which produces standards complient code which will display in any standards complient browser. Let them know about the Mozilla Dom Inspector, Javascript debugger, and Javascript Console. Get people using tools which help them insure their code works in Mozilla?standards browsers. Composer still requires more work. I feel that working to improve composer may do as much as all the evangelism. Our goal can be to get as many developers to write good code which works in all (or most) browsers. There will always be a need for evangelism :/( . I hope within a year Composer will be at a point its development were it can be strongly marketed as a better alternative to FrontPage. If Mozilla lets Composer lanquish (marketing wise), FrontPage may remain without any competition in its category and this would be a shame.

Composer is an issue for evangelism. If there is a viable alternative/competitor to FrontPage the number of sites requiring evangelism should drop. You may say Dreamweaver already competes with FrontPage. It does, but not really. DreamWeaver is not free and the last I heard it does not always produce complient code.