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!

#59 Re: Great story Chris

by thales

Sunday July 16th, 2000 10:55 PM

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Don't assume that AOL will switch to Netscape. If I remember correctally AOL dosen't even have to use IE as thier only browser. They only have to maintain a 80% IE usage. They could have had a AOL Netscape version for years. Also AOL had the right to terminate the agrement last January. They didn't. Right now AOL gets a spot on the desktop of every new Windows PC, and MS takes care of support problems with the browser. This isn't something they will automatically give up. If AOL thinks the number of new subscribers they get off the Windows desktop is worth more than using thier own browser they will try to reach a new agreement with MS. AOL with Netscape may only be availble on platforms that IE dosen't support.