Re: Netscape v NCSA, Progress?

Joe English (
Fri, 14 Oct 1994 15:04:30 -0700 (Marc Andreessen) wrote:

> Absolutely. Which is why we are and will be openly publishing all
> new protocols, formats, interfaces, etc. that we happen to develop
> in order to satisfy customer demands for new functionality that can't
> be addressed with existing protocols/formats/interfaces,

I apologize if I'm jumping to conclusions, but this
doesn't sound encouraging. Are you saying that Mosaic
Communications will collaborate with W30, browser
implementors, and the user community *while designing*
new protocols and formats, or are you only saying that
you'll publish them *after* they've been designed (and
implemented, and released to the public [less than a
week before the the spec writers plan on finalizing a
critical Internet RFC])?

Mozilla will undoubtedly take over NCSA Mosaic's "market niche"
(and desevedly so! the application and documentation are
top-quality). I just hope it doesn't take over NCSA's
role of 800-pound gorilla along with it.

> and which is
> why we're bending over backwards to be fully interoperable with existing
> implementations on both the client and server side. Interoperability
> is obviously the lynchpin of this whole environment, and in everyone's
> best interest.

This sounds more encouraging.

--Joe English