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O'Reilly Network: Netscape Navigator 6.0 to Fail Standards Compliance: An Update

Nov 09, 2000, 22:31 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Flanagan)

"I've been shocked by the number of responses to my article and petition to the Netscape product development team. I've also been very pleased by the quality and thoughtfulness of most of the responses. Recently, however, many of the reponses sound more like flames or rants. Before things get out of hand, I'd like to take this opportunity to summarize reader response so far, and to clarify and restate my position."

"Repeated themes that emerge from the responses include:

  • The browser wars are over. There is no longer a race to release new versions, so Netscape should not worry about slowing down and getting this release right.
  • We've already waited this long for a new browser from Netscape and we're willing to continue waiting a bit longer.
  • Netscape is on the right track; they've got a good product, but please make 6 a great product!
  • This is Netscape's last chance to get it right."
"Many of the responses expressed a lot of anger, which surprised me. I've obviously touched a raw nerve. I wrote my article from the theoretical perspective of someone who only does enough Web development to write books about it. Readers who live and breathe Web development wrote from their in-the-trenches perspective, and many of them are angry, frustrated, and dismayed. This is obviously not a representative sample since most readers who disagreed with me did not choose to respond, but nevertheless, it would behoove the Netscape marketing and PR folks to try to understand where this reaction is coming from! It is worth noting, however, that a lot of the angry comments seem to concern Navigator 4.x, and so are not really relevant to my point about Navigator 6.0, which is based on entirely new code."

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