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I can't code, but...

From: Inanis Brooke <alatus@earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 23:40:47 -0800
Message-ID: <000e01be3491$138c0bc0$0a1fb3d1@alatus>
To: "w3c html" <www-html@w3.org>
Inanis (edf?) e-mail templateI'm probably daft, but I really think that if a
plugin for the big two browsers was written for CSS, the web would be a
better place. You don't see Macromedia files that work fine in IE, but not
in Netscape, or the other way around, or barely works in either at all! The
browser designers should have written browsers that conformed to the W3C
standards, but they haven't. MS has continually insisted on putting its own
spin on W3C standards. Netscape, as far as I can find, is behind in its
support for CSS. Other "rebel browsers" have tried implementing standards as
well, but to my knowledge, none of them have completely implemented the
I could understand if it's hard to code them and retain performance,
especially since I can't code C/C++/Java et al. But I still think that if
there are any programmers out there, I as a web developer, would be greatful
to see someone program a "plugin" that users could download for their
browsers IF THEY WANTED TO. The Netscape plugin API would get the most

Also, (I'm probably about to sound really crazy now,) I think it would be a
step in the right direction if the W3C began a program which evaluated the
support of a given client program for the W3C standards, much like Sun's
"100% Pure Java" program. If a developer got "certified" by the W3C, or
another organization who seeks to protect the standards designed by the W3C,
he / she could then put that symbol in the download area of the client
application, with a link to a certificate on a server controlled BY THE
ORGANIZATION which issued the certificate. This program could apply to the
"plugins" which I wish someone out there could code.

What does everyone think about these thoughts? Should everything be left as
is, or should there be at least one way for an end-user to use a client
which complies fully with W3C Recommendations, such as CSS2? Does anyone
know any talented programmers who could take up a "plugins" type project?

Daniel (inanis)(edf?)
Received on Thursday, 31 December 1998 02:41:37 UTC

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