Weekend Discussion: Microsoft and 86%

Friday July 14th, 2000

There has been a lot of discussion about Microsoft's release of IE 5.5 recently, especially in regards to their support for standards such as CSS, DOM, and XML. Apparently Microsoft is developing new proprietary technologies at the expense of standards compliance in core web technologies.

The conversation in the WSP's mailing list has gotten overheated, and the WSP has released a piece on IE 5.5.

CNet is running an article on IE 5.5's proprietary new features, and there's a discussion on Slashdot regarding this very issue.

I now have a weblog at the O'Reilly Network, and you can check out my first piece, devoted to Microsoft's .NET initiative, which hits on Microsoft's standards support.

With all this hoopla aimed at Microsoft, we shouldn't be letting Netscape off easy. I think it's time for Netscape to come out and state clearly where they expect to be in terms of standards compliance at version 6.0. If it is not the 100% that we had been told to expect, it's in their best interest to say why. Remember, Netscape 6.0 will have its own "behavior" implementation (XBL) that is, at this point, just as proprietary as Microsoft's DHTML behaviors (the dev team plans on submitting XBL to the W3C in the future).

And although has not taken a position one way or another on Mozilla's standards compliance, it would be nice if they could weigh in and let the community know what they're thinking in terms of standards support in Mozilla's first release.

What do you think about standards support and compliance? Is it important? Or should the placation of existing customers be the priority? Let us know!

#30 Forget about skinning!

by bertilow

Saturday July 15th, 2000 9:44 AM

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So, I see someone has read my recent comment in Bugzilla...

Actually I was shocked when I saw that it was seriously considered not having full XHTML support in the final Mozilla. XHTML is the current HTML standard. Mozilla is supposed to be 100% standards compliant. Forget about skinning! Forget about XSL! Forget about CSS2/3! Forget about mail, news, chatting! Make Mozilla 100% compatible with the current HTML standard!

Sorry about all the exclamations, but I do feel strong about Mozilla. If it won't even get XHTML right, what chance will it have of ever standing up to MSIE?

I don't have the programming skills to contribute myself. So all I can do is voice my opinion and my hope that priorities will be straightened out.