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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 mozilla.org), is the WSP's petition an informed, fair action or an uninformed, unfair one? Tell us all what you think by clicking "talkback" above.


#20 Re:Web Standards Project - NGLayout Petition

by Aleks Zawisza <awz@home.com>

Monday September 28th, 1998 12:08 AM

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I think NGLayout must be in Navigator 5.0. It will be a highly anticipated release, and it must shock everyone with its speed and functionality and incite everyone to upgrade.

If it takes longer to complete NGLayout (which is going very fast it seems) then the Mozilla team should just take this extra time to work on the Navigator 5.0 interface and give it more eye-candy and more preferences. Really, they must surpass IE4 in bells and whistles or at least introduce a lot of new stuff not seen before, because a lot of people will switch for that extra stuff.

If it takes longer to finish NGLayout then so be it - Mozilla could use that time to really set itself apart feature-wise from the competition. I really think that a shipping date is secondary to quality, what the Mozilla team should do is just release preview releases until until NGLayout and all the features are ready.

But please, make 5.0 the lightning-fast browser that will make everyone want to upgrade and that will beat IE on all the performance charts and garn Netscape all the awards.