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.

#5 Re:Web Standards Project - NGLayout Petition

by Patrick Corcoran <>

Thursday September 24th, 1998 11:14 AM

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History has shown that releasing your browser when it is "finished" is can be more important than releasing it when it was promised.

The reason MSIE 4 is more standards compliant is partly due to the fact that they waited another four months after the release of NN 4 to build in extra compliance. Microsoft waited, got a good long glimpse of their competition, and then developed several competitive edge features which made Netscape's browser look less sophisticated.

Websurfers don't need a new browser yet... there's nothing wrong with the ones they have. And developers need compliant browsers from now on. I say wait 'til it's ready and get it "right" this time.