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.
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 Mozilla.org 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!
#33 Re: Re: Re: Who makes the "standards"?
Saturday July 15th, 2000 1:35 PM
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> Forget Instant Messaging and other extras and just release a browser. The ball of wax will just grow while it's marketshare decreases. Fix the current browser bugs and release!!!
I don't know about IM and other extras, but judging from the newgroup discussions and status report, it is mostly bugfixing to me. There are some minor "features" introduce, but all they do is increase performances, reduce footprint and improve usability.