IE5 Released - Not HTML4, CSS1 or XML Compliant
Thursday March 18th, 1999
IE5 is out, and not only is it incompatible with CSS1, but it's DOM is faulty (and proprietary) and HTML4 support is incomplete. Also, it's XML Namespaces implementation is just plain wrong. It does poorly on the Import test, and renders the boxacidtest improperly (and badly).
On an interesting note, the article I linked to above was available this morning. Now, if you go to news.com and find the same article (it has a new link), you'll find that all of the criticism regarding MS's standards compliance has been placed on a second page of the article. Look at the two links to see what I mean. Curious, no?
In response to criticism of their standards support, Microsoft's Mike Nichols said, "It's ironic that people are challenging our standards support when we have led by a substantial margin in this area since IE4". As I mentioned before, expect Microsoft to blame Netscape for Microsoft's lack of 100% standards compliance. The first person to point us to a new article that makes this claim (Microsoft already stated something similar months ago) will get a MozillaZine T-Shirt, when they come available. Our T-Shirts are still in the design phase, but we expect to have something soon.
Folks, stay calm. The Mozilla team is working hard to get a basic browser/mail-news reader into your hands that you can start using full-time. If you need standards compatibility, just go to our fetchBuilds section and download the latest build for your platform. You can see how the new browser, "apprunner", is shaping up, and try out your pages in the testbed viewer, undeniably the most standards compliant browser on the planet.
#17 Re:IE5 Released - Not HTML4, CSS1 or XML Compliant
by Thomas Winzig
Thursday March 18th, 1999 10:18 PM
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To the moron who said IE5 is popular, "because it just works," or whatever... WHO THE HELL SAID IT WAS POPULAR? It just came out like YESTERDAY. Who are you, Mr. Gallup for chrissakes?!?
"unless Mozilla has a product soon I don't see why people would want to wait with old technology rather than going with IE5."
Who's waiting? I'm using NS 4.5 right now, and believe it or not ... it works GREAT! I don't need to live on the bleeding edge. Shit I can remember when Netscape was putting out version .9x and the big deal was BACKGROUNDS!
(This was before the web was even a glint in Bill Gates eyes... and wayyyyy before they decided to rewrite history and claim it so.)