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A List Apart: Why Gecko Matters

Mar 26, 2000, 18:13 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey Zeldman)

"Designed to fully comply with five key Web standards (HTML 4, CSS-1, XML, JavaScript/EcmaScript, and the W3C DOM), Gecko was developed by the open-source Mozilla group over a period of nearly two years...."

"The Web Standards Project knew that, in doing the right thing, Netscape was taking a tremendous risk. You can't hurry great engineering, particularly when something is being designed from the ground up."

"We knew that the Mozilla project would take time, and that during that time, Netscape would be open to the perception that it had "lost the browser war," "fallen behind" and so on. We applauded them for taking that risk, especially in a market like this one, where the curve from initial concept to market leader to failed company seems to take fifteen minutes."

"We didn't know it would take this long, but it takes what it takes. If the result is a browser that fully complies with HTML 4, CSS-1, XML, JavaScript (EcmaScript) and the W3C DOM, it won't matter how long it took to get there."

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