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Microsoft's involvement in the WG

From: John Joseph Bachir <jjb@ibiblio.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 22:12:23 -0400 (EDT)
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.0703292204080.25245@tribal.metalab.unc.edu>

As a web developer and someone who cares very passionately about the web, 
I must say the idea of Microsoft involvement on this WG, especially in a 
co-chair capacity, bothers me.

I expect that a majority of the people on this list would agree that 
Microsoft, and IE in particular, have held the web back for the past 

I do not mean this as a personal criticism of anyone on this list, or even 
of the IE dev team. I understand that market forces, software engineering 
constraints, and many other variables of which I am not aware, are 
involved in IE's pathetic featureset and development cycles. (Chris has a 
very tough job, and is doing it better than I could).

But: I do think it would be appropriate for Microsoft to explicitly 
identify their purpose for involvement in this WG. Presumably it is to 
help develop a standard...

Do they then intend to implement this standard?

I wish that question sounded funny.

Why give Microsoft a voice on a standards development effort, when they 
have yet to implement several other years-old, painstakingly-designed 
standards that we all think are important, and that HAVE been implemented 
by several other projects with significantly fewer resources?

John Bachir
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