Standards Ignored as Developers Target IE

Monday July 8th, 2002

Dave Hodder writes: "CNET has a story entitled Sites bow to Microsoft's browser king covering how Mozilla and other browsers are locked out because of web builders not supporting proper standards. It mentions Netscape/Mozilla standards evangelism and has some good quotes from Mitchell Baker, including the conclusion: 'What we're seeing with Web sites that are viewable only with IE is the privatization of the Web.'"

#29 Re: ditch standards?

by ldpercy

Tuesday July 9th, 2002 6:01 PM

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The idea is that standards should encompass the best and most complete feature set for a language. If someone proposes something good (and futureproof) then it will probably make it into the w3c recommendation. If IE's nonstandard elements are the best solution to a problem, they will be incorporated into the standard. IFRAME is a good example, which I think was included in IE 3, and added to the HTML4 spec. MARQUEE on the other hand is a step backwards from where HTML was heading so it was never accepted.

The point of standards is that they are open - they are freely available to evreyone and everyone has a say in it. Do you hear Microsoft asking for submissions from users about their HTML implementation? Remember that w3c recommendations are contributed to by industry figures including M$, it's not as though they have no say in it. If it is GOOD, it should be standard, and eventually will be!!

Moz should not follow IE around - that would be asking to be screwed over by M$. Moz should go with the group concensus rather than with who can yell the loudest.