The Web Standards Project Skewers IE5

Friday March 19th, 1999

IE5 is "an opportunity lost", according to the Web Standards Project. The WSP, you may recall, recently claimed responsibility for moving towards an NGLayout based engine for Mozilla 5.

MozillaZine has been claiming for months that IE5 wouldn't be standards compliant (and we wish we had wagered money on it). It was obvious from articles regarding IE5, and from appearances at developer meetings by Microsoft executives that they were planning to ship IE5 whether they were compliant or not. They refused to commit when asked to, and fell back on the excuse of tight shipping schedules.

In other news, another developer's release of Mozilla is tentatively scheduled for the end of the month, so check back for updates.

Thanks to Derick Phillips for the WSP news.

#5 Re: The Web Standards Project Skewers IE5

by Stephan <>

Friday March 19th, 1999 3:16 PM

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Standards-wise: * IE 5 adds insignificant support to CSS-1 * IE 5 adds much-less-than-perfect support for XML and XSL * The interface isn't that much better * Support for HTML 4 is not exactly good * We have to design for IE4/NN4 anyway, and IE5 implementations (of new standards) are damned to be incompatible with (correct) Mozilla/Gecko implementations - adding problems of the kind best known by those of us who have had the pleasure of writing endless workarounds because of the IE3 CSS implementation.

I cannot see why upgrading to IE5 should be advisable. To me, it looks like a pointless upgrade that makes it more rather than less difficult for web developers to use current standards.