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!

#40 Re: GET IT OUT!!!

by Martyr

Saturday July 15th, 2000 10:20 PM

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*yawn* Don't you think the developers are breaking their butts to get it out as fast as they can? This is ancient hat, bro. How well do you program when the pointy-haired boss is yelling in your ear to get it out or else? It may build, but it sure won't work...the situation is dire, yadda yadda. The real problem is M$ making IE a part of their OS (and you thought win 98 was bad, have you seen the roadmap for Itanium (sp)?). It is a cavalier approach to security that puts IE deep in the heart of the OS. That is much more a threat than any statistics...come on, we've all endured Clinton. Who trusts studies and figures bandied about by "experts" anymore, anyways?