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.

#8 Re:Web Standards Project - NGLayout Petition

by Chris Nelson <>

Thursday September 24th, 1998 12:48 PM

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So, here's the crux of my letter to the WSP people.

"Should they (Netscape) put off an entire development cycle (make the rest of the coders rest on their laurels) while the NGLayout team finalizes their module?

Consider this: months ago, programming goals were probably drawn up across the board for each separate aspect of the application. These goals had to mesh with the goals of the other modules. Because of this, certain limits on the development of each separate module were probably put in place. Asking Netscape to alter their structure that was set up *months* before you ever heard (assuredly) of NGLayout means that you have to alter the team goals of more than 20 other modules. Where does Netscape get the resources to throw away months of programming time on a non-revenue-generating project? Are you offering monetary compensation for their efforts?"

Add to this that the WSP group has shown an clear lack of knowledge of the current layout's development efforts, and I believe it adds up to an uninformed, misguided act.