Vote Mozilla Team as Web Innovator of the Year!

Friday March 26th, 1999

The Mozilla Development Team is a nominee for "Web Innovator of the Year" at Click here to go to the poll site.

There are some on the list of nominees who are only tangentially involved with Web development at all, and others whose products are so limited by their narrow scope or platform partiality that whatever innovations they carry are muted. The Mozilla Team stands out from the pack for a number of reasons.

1) Their code is open to the public for scrutiny.

2) Nightly builds allow for day-to-day tracking of progress.

3) Mozilla is a massive cross platform effort. Much of the code has been abstracted to work on as many platforms as possible.

4) They have made a commitment to the standards community that is verifiable.

5) Mozilla is the first consumer-grade application to be Open Sourced.

6) The team created an innovative Open Source, open-to-the-public bug tracking system for maintaining control of their massive operation.

7) The team created an abstracted, cross platform User Interface that will greatly ease the task of producing and deploying cross platform Internet-based applications.

Can you think of any others? Respond in our forums with your reasoning behind why the Mozilla Team deserves "Web Innovator of the Year".

Be sure to visit the voting page at and vote, and tell your friends to do the same!

#1 Re: Vote Mozilla Team as Web Innovator of the Year

by zontar

Friday March 26th, 1999 11:10 AM

Already did, as soon as the poll went up -- as a matter of fact, I was one of the Builder Buzz members who nominated the Moz team. Well, okay, I *seconded* the nomination. :-)

Anyhow, don't forget to stop in at and vote!

#2 Re:Vote Mozilla Team as Web Innovator of the Year!

by JamisonMVP

Friday March 26th, 1999 3:54 PM

They have the MSIE team listed for web innovation? Ha! That's a laugh and a half!

#3 Re:Vote Mozilla Team as Web Innovator of the Year!

by Keith Rarick

Friday March 26th, 1999 7:52 PM

I know, it says

"Microsoft's Internet Explorer development team, has pledged to continue to improve the implementation of CSS 1.0, DOM, and XML."

When that's exactly what MS has *NOT* committed to, while the mozilla team gets credit for merely releasing the source (and, really Netscape the company should get credit for that).


#4 Re: My reasons for voting Mozilla

by Melissa Jadwinski

Friday March 26th, 1999 9:22 PM

From my vote explanation: "Netscape's opening of its web browser code was ultimately the WWW story of the year. The Mozilla team epitomizes innovation in its ground-breaking use of the Open Source programming paradigm and adherence to open standards in its development efforts. Development tools used to facilitate Mozilla development include Bugzilla, Tinderbox, Bonsai, and LXR+Glimpse, some of which were developed specifically for Mozilla and are now available to all web designers. All of these are accessible from a platform-independent browser interface and are the cutting edge in web application development. Moreover, Netscape's decision to open its browser source catapulted Linux and the Open Source movement to the forefront of mdia attention. For these reasons, the Mozilla development team are 1998's top Web innovators."

Ok ok, overuse of the latest buzzwords, but kudos to Mozillans nevertheless :)

#5 Re:Vote Mozilla Team as Web Innovator of the Year!

by arielb

Saturday March 27th, 1999 8:46 PM

The most important point is that the mozilla team decided to drop everything in order to produce a truly standard compliant browser. That took courage-especially in the face of stiff competition from IE