Web Standards Project - NGLayout Petition

Thursday September 24th, 1998

The guys over at the Web Standards Project have placed on their front page a petition asking for Netscape to delay their 5.0 release until NGLayout can be integrated.

I have already sent a letter to two of their officials, Chris Carrico and George Olsen, about my opinions on this issue.

However, instead of pushing my opinions on you, I'm asking you, the community of developers and users who read mozillaZine, what you think.

Knowing what you know about the state of Mozilla, its progress, and the work being done on the current layout engine and the NGLayout engine (which you can read about here or at, is the WSP's petition an informed, fair action or an uninformed, unfair one? Tell us all what you think by clicking "talkback" above.

#18 Re:

by Theodore Serbinski <>

Saturday September 26th, 1998 5:16 PM

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What to do? Wait for NGLayout to be finished, or put it out sooner to rival IE. Well...a lot of companies put out their products prematurely because of release dates. They are working on their product and then fall behind. Soon they are behind their release date, so they ship the product anyways. Therefore, the product ships incomplete and there are many problems, as in the case of Win 98 which was supposed to be out in 97, or Win 97 as it was planned.

So...Netscape should wait. IE 4.0 came out after NN4.0, but since it did, it supported more standards and in turn, was better than NN4.0 in that respect. If Netscape does the same and waits until NGLayout is done, it will have one heck of a product that will put IE5.0 and 4.0 completely out. Plus, if they say the product is being held longer than its scheduled due to programming enhancements, people will understand. They want a good, reliable browser, something that is yet to be achieved and I want Netscape to do it.

So...wait for NGLayout to be finished.