For the Good of the Web: An Open Letter to Netscape

“Two years ago, when your market share was still high as a kite, you pledged to fully support five key standards in the next version of your browser. Havin

“Two years ago, when your market share was still high as a kite, you pledged to fully support five key standards in the next version of your browser. Having urged you to do this very thing, we praised your decision to everyone who would listen. Developers and the trade press quickly joined the chorus. We all anticipated that Microsoft and other browser makers would be forced to emulate your support for XML and the DOM out of sheer competitiveness. But mainly, Netscape, we all expected you to release a product. And to quickly take Navigator 4, a browser that forces developers to write non-valid code, off the market. At last you are talking about shipping product by the end of the year. Sounds great — except that it’s the wrong year. The end of 2000 is a long time to wait for a product announced in 1998.”


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Date:
November 23, 2016
Author:
XPLANE