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!

#42 86%? Blah and stuff!

by rxsherm <>

Saturday July 15th, 2000 11:51 PM

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I just checked my site that is visited by mostly Oracle professionals in decent sized organizations. As you might imagine, most of the people that visit my site belong to big IT organizations that have standardized on either Netscape or Internet Exploder. With this in mind, I checked my stats for the past 30 days as well as the past 6 months.

Regardless of the view, there was very little deviation of the browser percentages. The breakdown was:

Netscape Flavours: 35.76% Internet Exploder Flavours: 63.92% Misc. : .05%

I don't want to hear about this 86% BS. Did anyone also consider that WebSideStory (who allegedly generated these statistics) might just have an over-abundence of Microsoft-oriented web sites that they track!? That would certainly skew the numbers a bit.