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.
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 Mozilla.org 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!
#75 I think they'll switch
Tuesday July 18th, 2000 7:54 AM
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I think when people honestly see what they can do with Mozilla themselves, without being slave to M$, IE, and Windows, they'll switch. I think honestly that Mozilla will have a bigger market share in rebranded apps than Netscape 6 will. I think IE's about over, actually, excepting on Windows machines.