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!

#47 Re: 86%? Blah and stuff!

by smurf <>

Sunday July 16th, 2000 6:24 AM

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Here are some stats from my adult website for yesterday. IE4 - 85.8% 59,087 visitors NS4 - 12.1% 8,299 visitors

Something else I wanted to say. Mozilla / NS6 will not get any new market share in the desktop market unless the UI is changed to look and act like a standard windows application. I get 5+ emails a day from your everyday normal surfer looking for porn. They have absolutely no clue what they are doing. The minute they see the mozilla UI they will freak out and uninstall it and continue using IE. If you manage to get a decent UI in mozilla and make it as easy to use as NS4 or easier, there will definately be a huge netscape / mozilla now button at the top of my page where 90k visitors can see it a day.