Dave Whitinger on Mozilla's Importance

Friday November 5th, 1999

Dave Whitinger has a new article at LinuxToday titled "The Battle That Could Lose Us The War", regarding Mozilla's importance to Linux. What makes it interesting is that he makes a commitment to get involved in the Mozilla project.

Thanks to Jun Fonte for the news.

#9 Don't Stop There

by Anon

Saturday November 6th, 1999 5:24 PM

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We need to convince the PHBs that their non-standard webpages are hurting the bottom line by driving away potential customers. A good way to do that is by providing statistics to show that a large number of users were unable to view their site properly.

Therefore, add a function to the browser to report non-compliant pages to a central database (maintained by the Mozilla developers). The report message would contain a URL, and an error code (the worst problem encountered), and the statistic would simply be a count of the number of messages received by URL and error-code.

There should, of course, be a browser preference setting to control whether the report is sent never, on approval, or automatically.

The collected statistics could be viewed by the PHB to check his site. Alternatively, a report could be sent to the webmasters of the sites showing the greatest number of problems. The stats would also provide good information for the Mozilla developers.

An alternative would be to define a standard message/protocol that the browser could use to report a problem to the server of the site where the problem occurred.