Thought: It's time for @mozilla to get down from their philosophical ivory tower. The web is dominated by Chromium, if they really *cared* about the web they would be contributing instead of building a parallel universe that's used by less than 5%?
I don't neglect the important work Mozilla has contributed, but here's a few observations shapes my perspective:
1) The modern web platform is incredible complex. Today it's an application runtime comparable to the Java or .net framework.
2) This complexity it's incredibly expensive to implement a web runtime. Even for Google/Microsoft it's hard to justify such investment that would take thousands of engineers in multiple years.
The web has become too capable for multi engines, just like many frameworks.
3) Contribution can happen on many levels, and why is it given that each browser vendor has to land their contributions in *their own* engine? What isn't the question what drives most impact for the web as a holistic platform?
4) My problem with Mozilla's current approach is that they are *preaching* their own technology instead of asking themselves how they can contribute most and deliver most impact for the web? Deliver value to 65% of the market or less than 5%?
5) This leads to my bigger point: In a world where the web platform has evolved into a complex .application runtime, maybe it's time to revise the operation and contribution model. Does the web need a common project and an open governance model like fx Node Foundation?
6) What if browser vendors contributed to a "common webplat core" built together and each vendor did their platform specific optimizations instead of building their own reference implementations off a specification from a WG? That's what I mean by "parallel universes".
7) I believe Mozilla can be much more impactful on the holistic web platform if they took a step back and revised their strategy instead of throwing rocks after Google/MS/etc.
8) I want the web to win, but we need collaboration not parallel universes. Writing specs together is no longer enough.
The real threat to the web platform is not another browser engine, but native platforms, as they don't give a damn about an open platform.