Microsoft proposes a new standard ??

Kay Martha Quittan (
Wed, 18 Sep 1996 18:48:48 +0200

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Date: Wed, 18 Sep 1996 18:48:48 +0200
From: Kay Martha Quittan <>
Subject: Microsoft proposes a new standard ??

Hi all!

do you know where is this new proposed standard ??

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More juice for Web pages=20
By Nick Wingfield
September 18,1996, 8:45 a.m. PT=20

Microsoft today proposed a standard to the World Wide Web Consortium that=
 could add some adrenaline to Web pages through a souped-up version of HT=

But officials at Netscape Communications are crying foul, accusing the Re=
dmond, Washington, company of trying to eclipse the standards process and=
 an existing Netscape proposal for the same thing already on the table at=
 the W3C.=20

The disagreement is the latest round of finger-pointing in a Net standard=
s battle waged with almost religious fervor. In the past, the companies h=
ave attempted to portray themselves as faithful disciples of the processe=
s, but both companies have also promoted their fair share of "extensions"=
 to standards such as HTML.=20

This week's squabble is sparked by proposals from both Netscape and Micro=
soft for a standard HTML object model, a set of specifications that would=
 let Web designers use Hypertext Markup Language to go beyond static text=
 documents and design dynamic content as well. Although Java applets and =
ActiveX controls adds some zing to Web pages, a new, more sophisticated v=
ersion of HTML could do the same thing in a fraction of the size.=20

Using HTML objects, a Web page could, for example, dynamically change its=
 entire layout, including fonts, colors, and styles, when a user clicks o=
n a radio button. Web pages can do this now, but only by downloading an e=
ntirely new page from a server or by activating Java or ActiveX programs.=

"This is a way for people to start pursuing an HTML approach to getting a=
 very rich experience. [An HTML object model type] allows you to start ha=
ving pages that respond instantaneously," said John Roskill, group produc=
t manager in Microsoft's Internet platform tools group.=20

"You clearly can do that with ActiveX today, but that's a fairly heavy so=
lution," Roskill said. "You have a fairly large chunk of code to download=

Microsoft is holding a workshop today with more than 70 vendors to review=
 its HTML object model proposal.=20

Netscape officials also think an HTML object model standard is a good ide=
a. In fact, company representatives say they submitted their own proposal=
 to the W3C "some time ago." Furthermore, Netscape expressed dismay that =
Microsoft had publicly announced the submission of its proposal, adding t=
hat W3C members are expected to remain quiet about proposed standards unt=
il they are finalized.=20

"Discussion of those proposals is not the agreement we had with the W3C o=
r the Web community," said Daniel Klaussen, a product manager at Netscape=
. "These proposals should be directed by the W3C. Otherwise, companies ha=
ve been accused of being extremely manipulative of public opinion."=20

W3C officials, however, say its rules do not forbid Microsoft from announ=
cing its HTML proposal.=20

"Microsoft can do what they want," said Sally Khudairi, public relations =
manager at the W3C. "That's a personal choice. This is not the first time=
 they've said they'll work with us."=20

The W3C has posted a white paper on object-oriented programming for the W=

In recent weeks, Netscape and Microsoft have both underscored their inten=
tions to be more faithful to the Net standards process and organizations =
such as the W3C and the Internet Engineering Task Force to help prevent I=
nternet publishers from fragmenting into incompatible products and servic=
es. In July, Microsoft publicly repented for adding proprietary extension=
s to HTML in a posting on its Web site.=20

But now, the companies are simply fighting over who is being most coopera=

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