Re: color: NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, and HTML3

rcolman@synsis.com
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 10:44:04 -0700


Message-Id: <9507181744.AA13508@deltanet.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 1995 10:44:04 -0700
To: www-html@www10.w3.org
From: rcolman@synsis.com
Subject: Re: color: NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, and HTML3


>No; Netscape's color extensions are hot air, and presumptiously 
>defined, because they [Netscape] seem to have (or have had) the idea 
>that by implementing these elements in their own browser - elements, 
>I might add, which are entirely platform-dependent and conflict 
>/wildly/ with some of the fundamentals principles guiding the 
>development of HTML, version 3, those being "Platform 
>Independence"[1], "Content not Presentation Markup"[2], and "Support 
>for Non-Visual Media"[3] - that they can somehow "guide"[4] (force?) the 
>path of the standardisation process,

Wow, are you guys out of touch with reality or what!

In case you hadn't noticed, Netscape is running on almost 5 million desktops 
with a 60% market share. Most of the Web page designers that I work with, and I
work with many, include Netscape extensions without thinking twice about it.

In this case, the tail is definitely waving the dog. Those who ignore dominant
market share in an increasingly commercial WWW are bound to be swept right off
the playing field.