Microsoft, XML, and the real specs
> ** Original Sender: Paul Prescod <paul@p...> > > Microsoft labels these features "technology previews." They know that > some stupid people will build real systems on them but they say, quite > rightly, that those systems will break with new versions of the tools > and those people "get what they deserve." If it were Netscape issuing > these technology previews we would laud them for testing out new ideas > and providing feedback to the standards process (which Microsoft DOES > DO). Excuse me - ever hear of a little project called "Mozilla"? I mean, if you want to talk tech previews.... > Let's give credit where it is due. The practice of shipping "technology > previews" has benefits and costs but Microsoft's history indicates that > they move to the real specifications when they become available. Since when? I'm running IE 5.01 right now - and it still doesn't handle HTML 4 or parts of CSS1 properly. CSS2? In your dreams. Granted, it's better than the Netscape 4.7 support - but Mozilla blows it away. As far as I can tell, Microsoft has only "moved to the real specifications" when it can make some hay by doing so - and even then, the support is incomplete. (I refer you to the long-ago announcement of CSS1 support in IE3 - only on Win95, and just enough support to make a couple of flashy examples. XML and IE5 now look much the same from where I sit - a lot of noise, but not much substance. In fact, when considering my HTML/XML redirection routine, the only conclusion I could reach in good conscience was to turn IE5 away from the XML pages. It works okay, but it's not compliant - and I'm not going to start my XML designs by coding in legacy hacks. I'd much rather wait until a compliant browser hits the scene than rush in to support a noncompliant one just so I can say I've done it.) Rev. Robert L. Hood | http://rev-bob.gotc.com/ Get Off The Cross! | http://www.gotc.com/ Download NeoPlanet at http://www.neoplanet.com xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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