NETSCAPE'S OPEN STANDARDS COMMITMENT

We considered offering Internet Explorer. It is certainly an attractive option. It costs us nothing to provide it to our customers which is why you see most ISP's offering that option....but again we want to stress quality...so we have purchased a license to distribute Netscape Navigator. We believe Netscape is the best program for the internet. Netscape was founded on the philosophy that open standards benefit customers by ensuring superior technology and vendor interoperability. Netscape is committed to continuing to deliver all of its products based on open standards.

WHAT IS OPEN?
Open standards are defined as published specifications that enable multiple vendors to create independent implementations of a given technology. These implementations must interoperate on heterogeneous computing platforms. Open standards-based products respond to a real user need for interoperability and ensure that users have a choice of products from independent vendors. Standardization is an inclusive activity, not an exclusive activity. The intent must be to include everyone in the process over time, not to exclude a faction, company, or set of users. Open standards are implemented by vendors in response to user demand.

EVOLVING OPEN STANDARDS
Standards must evolve to remain useful. Innovative changes and proposed new standards can come from users, vendors, or standards bodies. Netscape is striving to lead innovation of open standards by proposing new technology advances and providing examples as features in its products. Netscape contributes this work to the appropriate vendor-neutral standards body, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), or the Object Management Group (OMG). Ongoing evolution of open standards should occur in an open forum, trusted to a vendor-neutral standards body, so the market can benefit from innovation, regardless of its origin. Netscape is committed to continuing to adopt open specifications in its products and participate in the cycle of constant evolution and improvement.

OPEN STANDARDS BENEFIT CUSTOMERS
Open standards benefit customers by ensuring interoperability, healthy competition, and customer choice. Since its inception, Netscape has successfully driven Internet innovation by building new products based on Internet standards with increased functionality over other vendors' proprietary products. When developing new solutions, Netscape scours the Internet for the open-standards approach that will successfully meet customer needs, and works to rally multiple vendors to support and implement that standard. Some examples of Netscape's track record with this approach include broad support for and continued leadership in the advancement of HTML, HTTP, LDAP, SMTP, MIME, NNTP, POP3, IMAP4, SNMP, FTP, X.509, SSL, SET, IIOP, SQL, SOIF, RDM, RTP, RTCP, and VRML.

NETSCAPE'S COMMITMENT TO OPEN STANDARDS
Netscape is committed to open standards both now and in the future. The company bases its products on open specifications and makes those specifications available to both developers and standards bodies in a timely manner. Netscape participates in established vendor-neutral standards organizations such as the IETF, W3C, and OMG to foster industry consensus and growth. We adopt and implement the specifications these organizations create. For example, Netscape has pledged to support the W3C's specifications for Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) - including style sheets - once they are finalized. In addition, Netscape does not limit user choice or require users to purchase specific client or server operating systems, databases, or applications.

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