Re: Netscape v NCSA, Progress?

Eric Bina (
Tue, 18 Oct 1994 06:39:28 +0100

> The test is whether they THEN are willing to submit to community review AND
> MODIFICATION. And this must be done in an open forum, such as an open
> standards group. (I'm biased towards the IETF, but choose any one that is
> open and effective.)

Well, I know I am probably going to stir up trouble with this e-mail,
but in my past experience the HTML group has not been terribly "open".

They just repeat over and over, "Yes, we admit that hundreds (thousands?)
of people want formatting control, but they are all wrong, and SGML/HTML
is content not format so tough." So what should I do when the open
standards group insists on a standard that is not what our customers
(the ones who will indirectly be paying my salary) want?

You want me to say, "sorry, I know this isn't what you want, but an open
standards group of which you weren't a part has decided that this is
really for your own good, so please give us money anyway."