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.

#23 Re:Web Standards Project - NGLayout Petition

by Peter Bertok <>

Monday September 28th, 1998 5:13 PM

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I've found lately that a lot of computing companies release sub-standard products as early as possible, even if they are a little 'rough' around the edges. Exampels include the 3D accelerator chips released with buggy drivers.

The reaction is simple. People are not impressed. They don't buy the products, and the companies go under. I think Netscape has to avoid that at all costs, Communicator 5 has to be everything it can be. It has to be configurable, fast, reliable, bug free and compatible with standards. If it takes a few extra months, then so be it. Just release an extra beta or two to keep early adopters happy.

Anyway, why is Netscape working on Mariner anyway if it's going to be dropped? Why not move the coders working on Mariner onto the Raptor team, and get it done that much faster?