RE: Alternatives to the W3C
HI Tim, Tim said: Maybe I'm old-fashioned; I believe passionately that the Internet needs for there to be more than one browser. -T. Didier replies: Me too Tim. But I have to admit that the landscape is not very promising to get more than one. a) Netscape is no more pursuing the innovation war that they where doing and if you look closely to the Netscape Browser and IE, it is clear that one is evolving and the other is stagnant. On the side of Mozilla, the development time is bigger than expected but the feature set interesting. It remains now to see, if this could be brought to the market (I hope with all my hart that it will). b) W3C by having different style languages like XSLT/XSL, CSS just increased the cost of development and thus created a huge barrier of entry for any new competitor. This, W3C created a barrier of entry for newcomers and only corporation with a lot of resources can make it. c) Now the Web as it became main stream is becoming more and more resistant to change and the player in place share the pie. Again, the market dynamics make it hard for newcomers. And so on and so forth... So, even if me too I would passionately believe that more than one browser should be there and that competition drives innovation. But I have to admit that several forces and some of them created by W3C just make the opposite effect, to favor big guys with deep pockets and impose more and more barriers of entries to newcomers. PS: the spellchecker joke of the week. The Outlook spellchecker wants always to replace the word W3C by WACO :-))) Cheers Didier PH Martin ---------------------------------------------- Email: martind@n... Conferences: Web New York (http://www.mfweb.com) Book to come soon: XML Pro published by Wrox Press Products: http://www.netfolder.com xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Unsubscribe by posting to majordom@i... the message unsubscribe xml-dev (or) unsubscribe xml-dev your-subscribed-email@your-subscribed-address Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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