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Re: color: NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, and HTML3

From: david <david@bacall.nepean.uws.edu.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 1995 10:02:47 +1000 (EST)
To: "Watkins, Dan W." <tsnbdww@ilusbn01.nielsen.com>
Cc: 'HTML Mailing List' <www-html@www10.w3.org>
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950720095432.26878A-100000@bacall.nepean.uws.edu.au>
On Tue, 18 Jul 1995, Watkins, Dan W. wrote:

> > So now, on top of getting these standards finished and implemented by the
> > larger web community, we have the problem of controlling the damage done
> > by Netscape.
> Absolutely.  But the question now is: "can a new browser afford to NOT
> support Netscape extensions?".

Yes.  Remember, NCSA Mosaic was the most popular Web browser before 
Netscape came along and filled a void (a stable, feature-packed Web 
browser).  Netscape has now committed themselves to so many new features 
in their "Next Generation Web Browser" (like PDF, Director, Java, etc.) 
that there is now a time lag during which someone else may well come 
along and take the lead.

Further, with so many companies producing their own Web browsers now 
there is no guarantee that Netscape will retain "major market share" 
during the short, medium or long term.  (UNIX/Internet-types are quite 
partial to having the source code to the applications they run - this 
will never happen with Netscape.  Hint, hint?)

To me, the Netscapisms should stay that way - Netscape-specific.  Once 
more Web browsers are in circulation that support HTML 3.0 (standardised, 
not draft), people will start to see the err of their ways (even if to 
them it's just seen as the next k00l thing) and change the HTML they use.

If you want to legitimise the Netscape extensions, then the best way to 
do so is to support them in other browsers.  If you ignore them, they'll 
be subject to natural attrition and will disappear from common use.


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