'PC Pro' Columnist Recommends Mozilla Firebird

Saturday August 30th, 2003

jgraham writes: "The UK magazine PC Pro has a very positive article about Mozilla Firebird. In particular, the writer praises the fact that Firebird is standalone, and does not provide an unwanted mail client. He also appreciates the ability to add extra functionality through extensions. The article also goes on to mention the Mozilla Amazon Browser, and is enthusiastic about the possibilities offered by XUL based applications."

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#3 A reality check...

by as265

Sunday August 31st, 2003 5:19 AM

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The author of the article write:

"No matter how hard it is to hear this, I must keep on saying it and it matters not one jot who's right and who's wrong. Blame dumb web developers for not sticking to W3C standards, blame Microsoft for encouraging them not to, or blame me, if you prefer, but the truth is the only 'standards'that matter in the software world are market forces."

This guy got it right! When 95%+ of the PC users work with IE and Mozilla/Firebird wants some of that market share, it has to ensure that users see what they expect to see on those webpages. The customer is always right! Remember folks, we all work with people who have used PCs for years and still have to call on us for help (or push F1) when they need to copy data from one cell to another in a basic spreadsheet. That's the target market.