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RE: MSN.com

From: Bailey, Bruce <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 15:11:18 -0400
Message-ID: <5DCA49BDD2B0D41186CE00508B6BEBD006A5D35A@wdcrobexc01.ed.gov>
To: "'w3c wai ig'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "'Sean B. Palmer'" <sean@mysterylights.com>
Cc: "'bob.visse@microsoft.com'" <bob.visse@microsoft.com>, "'webmaster@msn.com'" <webmaster@msn.com>
NB:  redirection to IG.
I tried msn.com with a few other standards compliant browsers (Lynx, Amaya)
and got the same results.
Bob Visse's claim to follow the w3c standards is, at best, ironic.  Giving
them the benefit of the doubt, I uploaded the source code to the w3c
validator (both the redirect disclaimer, and what I got from using IE).  Not
surprisingly, there were numerous syntax errors.

> ----------
> From: 	Sean B. Palmer
> Sent: 	Thursday, October 25, 2001 4:16 PM
> To: 	w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
> Cc: 	William Loughborough
> Subject: 	MSN.com
> 
> You're not going to believe this:-
> 
	
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/cn/20011025/tc/msn_com_shuts_out_non-microsoft_
browsers_1.html

> What can I say? I've tested it on Mozilla 0.9.5 and I get the following:-
> 
> [[[
> Attention: Web Browser Upgrade Required to View MSN.com
> 
> If you are seeing this page, we have detected that the browser that you
> are
> using will not render MSN.com correctly. [...]
> ]]]
> 
> Ugh. I won't comment further until I have my facts sorted out, but
> comments
> like the following, if true, just baffle me:-
> 
> [[[
> "All of our development work for the new MSN.com is...W3C standard," said
> Bob Visse, the director of MSN marketing, referring to the World Wide Web
> Consortium, which is developing industry standards for Web technologies.
> "For browsers that we know don't support those standards or that we can't
> insure will get a great experience for the customer, we do serve up a page
> that suggests that they upgrade to an IE browser that does support the"
> standards.
> ]]] - from the Yahoo article.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> --
> Kindest Regards,
> Sean B. Palmer
> @prefix : <http://webns.net/roughterms/> .
> :Sean :hasHomepage <http://purl.org/net/sbp/> .
> 
> 
Received on Friday, 26 October 2001 15:12:30 GMT

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