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RE: Make Microsoft follow the spec.

From: Chris Wilson <cwilso@microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 17:03:21 -0800
Message-ID: <72129E9450B396458A1149FA7AFAD8CA01DE5069@red-msg-05.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: www-style@w3.org
Jeffrey Yasskin [mailto:jyasskin@appcomp.com] wrote:
>I do not believe Microsoft when they say that their "bugs" were accidental.
>They were a conscious effort to win market share. And it's going to work
>too. As a web surfer, I'd rather use a browser that doesn't blow up when an
>author forgets a </td> or mistypes a ':'.

When I said our CSS FCR bugs were accidental, I spoke from authority; I
personally wrote the entire CSS parser used in IE3.0 and IE4.0.  Saying you
don't believe failing forward compatibility rules is calling me personally a
liar.  If you intend to do this, then that's fine - working for Microsoft
and championing standards has given me a very thick skin, if nothing else -
but understand the consequence, and expect that I will afford you the same
[lack of] courtesy.

As for other "bugs", that depends on how you define "bugs" - the
aforementioned "tables resetting font properties" issue was certainly a
conscious decision, since we were trying to be compatible with the defacto
standard.  Many bugs were just that, however - bugs.

-Chris Wilson
Received on Tuesday, 27 February 2001 20:04:07 UTC

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