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!

#5 IE 5.5 Breaks older embedded applications too ...

by harkonen

Friday July 14th, 2000 10:12 AM

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Well, I work for a company that uses the IE control for distributing web content on CD's. Works on 4x and 5.0 and not on 5.5.

As you can imagine I am fed up with MS, and its divergent support. I hope and Pray Mozilla chases STANDARDs!!!I am tired of seeing a new release of something with MS that breaks another MS object. Please Please go for robust development that is maintainable through the future without destroying the past.

If Mozilla wins the standards game, stays small, and continues on the path it is currently in, I forsee a far more stable future. Opera is neat and cute, but I think the future is Moz.

I have been watching Mozilla for a couple years now and have been impressed on where it has come from and where it has gotten to. I am confident that it will meet its goals and will hopefully soon meet milestones that allow our organization to us it in the near term!! 200,000 users help "sell" support for Mozilla you know!!