Re: Commitment to Standards

Ka-Ping Yee (s-ping@orange.cv.tottori-u.ac.jp)
Sun, 30 Jun 1996 13:48:04 +0900


Message-Id: <31D60704.532FF2D4@sse.tottori-u.ac.jp>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 1996 13:48:04 +0900
From: Ka-Ping Yee <s-ping@orange.cv.tottori-u.ac.jp>
To: Lee Daniel Crocker <lee@piclab.com>
Cc: Thomas Reardon <thomasre@microsoft.com>, www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Commitment to Standards

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
>
> 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.

All excellent suggestions.  May i add one more -- sorely needed.

    Encourage consistently valid HTML:

    Give MSIE a source view that highlights the markup and
    *correctly* identifies valid and invalid markup, to help
    repair Netscape's corruptions of what people think is right.

I've seen the word "commitment" on Netscape's site far too many
times now.  Microsoft: this is your chance to show us what
"commitment" really means.


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