The Web Standards Project Skewers IE5
Friday March 19th, 1999
IE5 is "an opportunity lost", according to the Web Standards Project. The WSP, you may recall, recently claimed responsibility for mozilla.org moving towards an NGLayout based engine for Mozilla 5.
MozillaZine has been claiming for months that IE5 wouldn't be standards compliant (and we wish we had wagered money on it). It was obvious from articles regarding IE5, and from appearances at developer meetings by Microsoft executives that they were planning to ship IE5 whether they were compliant or not. They refused to commit when asked to, and fell back on the excuse of tight shipping schedules.
In other news, another developer's release of Mozilla is tentatively scheduled for the end of the month, so check back for updates.
Thanks to Derick Phillips for the WSP news.
#8 Re:The Web Standards Project Skewers IE5
Friday March 19th, 1999 10:19 PM
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Netscape already allows people to change its source code and customize versions of it, whilst MS merely allows businesses to build upon various components of IE, maintaining their chokehold on their source code. This with all the proprietary crap they've added, not to mention the lack of standards--some even less than in IE4--I think will allow NS5 to have an even larger overall impact upon its eventual release than it would have had MS truly opened IE. People are just likelier to use a browser they can truly know the workings of and, God forbid, change, rather than having to wait for MS to fix problems when they arise--especially given that the NG Layout, and eventually Communicator 5.0, will be superior in just about every fashion, and will be able to port easily to any and all new OS--standard or not.
These are my thoughts, as to HTML Applications I'll let someone else deal with that.