Standards Ignored as Developers Target IE
Monday July 8th, 2002
Dave Hodder writes: "CNET News.com 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.'"
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.