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Re: IE4.0 and W3C Standards -Reply

From: Steven Champeon <schampeo@hesketh.com>
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 1997 12:09:02 -0500
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To: marym@Finesse.COM (Mary Morris), www-style@w3.org, www-talk@w3.org, scotti@microsoft.com, erik@shell.inch.com, jwilde@wipg.com


Erik's comments were *jokes*, I hope. Sarcasm, anyone?

To say that WINS or ActiveX are Internet standards is just silly.
To say that Microsoft wants to enter into what was essentially
a free exchange of ideas is ludicrous. They are running a business.
The Internet paradigm and the "Microsoft software on every desktop"
paradigm are incompatible. The IETF, W3C and related bodies are
formed not out of a sensed business opportunity but rather out
of a desire to avoid the incompatibilities that *result* in business
opportunities. Microsoft is only following the standards track out
of a recognition that they have to be compatible with the better
and more popular browsers. The easiest way to do this is to join
in the standards process and get the scoop and a PR advantage.

Microsoft representatives, please spare us your insipid pleading.


Steven Champeon               | "Java is going to be like a drug you rub
Web Guru / Intranet Builder   | on venture capitalists to get them excited."
schampeo@hesketh.com          |     - John Doerr
Received on Wednesday, 5 March 1997 12:09:10 UTC

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