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Re: I can't code, but...

From: Inanis Brooke <alatus@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 10:50:01 -0800
Message-ID: <001101be3680$b557da60$7b1fb3d1@alatus>
To: "Gordon Worley" <redbird@orlando.crosswinds.net>
Cc: "w3c html" <www-html@w3.org>

|>Also, (I'm probably about to sound really crazy now,) I think it would be
|>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
|>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.
| I would agree with this.  We need to be sure, though, that the test
|allow for partial credit.  My guess is that Netscape is in the mid to high
|80% range with Explorer in the low 90% range.  Browser makers would use
|this to develop products that had higher ratings than the competors,
|infusing competition.  This would be different than in Java, where programs
|are going native because 100% Java is just to slow.  100% W3C HTML 4.0 and
|CSS2 complience would give everyone the best Internet experience possible.

If enough of us thought that this was a good idea, how could such a program
be started?

Also, if plugins would take too many system resources, and might not even be
able to replace the text/html renderer, then would it be a worthwhile notion
to suggest to some of the bigger browser makers to release small patches to
the HTML renderer for previous browsers? That way, individuals who cannot
upgrade to more recent browsers, especially the upcoming fifth generation
from MS and NS, on account of their "slow computer," could grab the upgrade
to the browser if they so chose. Again, the competition element comes into
play, and the big two are very competitive.

Daniel (Inanis)
Received on Saturday, 2 January 1999 13:49:27 UTC

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