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!

#7 Mozilla and Standards

by basic <>

Friday July 14th, 2000 1:13 PM

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If a web standard is to ever become a "real standard", it has to be used. Mozilla being an open source effort with achiving full standard compliancy as one of its goals, is so far the best place to get people to use web standards. Why support standards? Unless Mozilla's goal is to be the only application in the world, I'd say that supporting standards is a good thing.

Microsoft on the other hand wants to be in everything. To them standards is not important. In fact counter productive even. MS wants to make sure that people use their code and theirs only. What better way to do that than non-standard compliancy.

Mozilla on the other hand lives on standards. Mozilla needs standards to build on. Being an open source project it needs something most contributers can agree on, W3C standards happen to be one of them. I hope Mozilla will continue to support standards and work to form new standards as the need arise.

Now, if Mozilla's performance is as good as its standard compliancy...