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Re: Comparison of Standard and Proprietary Technologies

From: Brant Langer Gurganus <brantgurganus2001@cherokeescouting.org>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 11:57:33 -0500
Message-ID: <3D2DB8FD.7070406@cherokeescouting.org>
To: Joseph McLean <joseph@secondflux.com>
CC: public-evangelist@w3.org

Joseph McLean wrote:

>I would question the assumption that standards are developed less quickly
>than proprietary technologies.  Although proprietary technologies can be
>_introduced_ by any browser on a whim, this does not place the code at the
>disposal of website developers.  Even developers who target only IE
>browsers would not choose code that breaks all previous versions!.  The
>installed base is too large, and WYSIWYG editors aren't exactly
>cutting-edge either.  As a result, proprietary technologies enjoy the a
>similar trickle-down effect that standards do.
>The majority of proprietary code washing around out there on the Internet
>is quite old, is it not?
>Standards may take longer to introduce, but they generally evolve in a more
>predictable fashion, and (one hopes) devolve cleanly on browsers that came
>before them.  So they may be out of the starting gate later, but ready for
>market acceptance sooner.  The end result should leave no clear speed
>advantage for proprietary markup, I feel.
I understand what you mean.  I will updated it.

Brant Langer Gurganus
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Received on Thursday, 11 July 2002 12:58:16 UTC

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