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.

#7 Re:Web Standards Project - NGLayout Petition

by Jason Kersey <>

Thursday September 24th, 1998 12:35 PM

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I think some people are missing a large point, that has been emphasized by those at Netscape. *Mariner is not the 4.0 layout engine.* It seems to me that some don't realize this when it comes to looking at the layout differences. I guess you missed the announcements like "Mozilla Has DOM" and the like. While I'm not sure what the timeline is, it has been set from the beginning.

I want a browser that has the standards implemented, but also, I don't want to wait another six to eight months for a totally compliant browser, when there is a almost compliant browser almost ready now.

I also don't see the people at WaSP contributing any help or code to NG Layout, just telling people what to do. They have given you the opportunity to contribute and move the progect the way you want it too, by being a contributer, yet, all they have done is set up a petition.

If you don't contribute, at least become informed and check out the specs on Mariner and the like. I for one believe that it is leaps and bounds better than 4.x's layout engine.

Jason Kersey - MozBin Admin -