Commitment to Standards

Lee Daniel Crocker (lcrocker@calweb.com)
Sat, 29 Jun 1996 21:04:39 -0700 (PDT)


Message-Id: <199606300404.VAA06795@web1.calweb.com>
Subject: Commitment to Standards
To: thomasre@microsoft.com (Thomas Reardon)
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 1996 21:04:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Daniel Crocker" <lcrocker@calweb.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <c=US%a=_%p=msft%l=RED-76-MSG-960629201609Z-16796@tide21.microsoft.com> from "Thomas Reardon" at Jun 29, 96 01:16:09 pm

> I want to be the first to let the world know what wonderous new
> things Netscape has done for us this week.

If MS really wants to make points here, don't bother preaching
to the choir: have the balls to make a real press release
affirming MS's commitment to standards in direct opposition
to Netscape's clear contempt of them, and then follow through.
Remove the page on microsoft.com that advocates &#151; and other
illegal character entities, and fix MSIE to support the correct
ones.  Add CSS1-based frames in addition to the old NS hack.
Commit _now_ that MS will _not_ support the new Netscape-isms,
put those functions into style sheets, and publicise how to use
them correctly.  Make the Internet Assistants for Word and Excel
generate valid HTML with stylesheets.  Commit to supporting
PNG, so MSIE can actually read W3C's pages without gagging.

If MS does all that--at least--then maybe it has a right to
complain about Netscape.

--
Lee Daniel Crocker <lee@piclab.com>
(formerly leecr@microsoft.com)