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.

#6 Re:Web Standards Project - NGLayout Petition

by Dan Shafer <>

Thursday September 24th, 1998 11:45 AM

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Last week, I presaged the WSP sentiments (full disclosure: I'm a member of the WSP Steering Committee) in my own FWIW email newsletter. My stance was even a bit stronger than that taken by WSP.

I definitely do _not_ see the WSP petition as uninformed or misguided. On the contrary, the fact is that Netscape must release a browser this time around that works well and conforms to standards or it will mark the beginning of the end of their role as a leader in this field.

Remember, too, that WSP speaks for Web developers, not users. MS and NS have been allowed for too long to work without accountability to those of us without whom there wouldn't _be_ a Web.

That's my $0.02.