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WebReference.com Style Watch: Internet Explorer 5.0: With Style, Finally?

Apr 27, 1999, 11:45 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanos Piperoglou)

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"...we're going to have a look at the product from the HTML and CSS author's point of view. ... Given that this support is not part of the gigantic hype machine that Microsoft has launched to promote the browser, you might not be surprised by the fact that Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, release version, is a huge dissapointment for the developer, any developer, anywhere."

"Dan Shafer, member of the Steering Committee of the Web Standards Project, claimed in his otherwise damning developer's review of Internet Explorer 5.0 that the browser supported most of HTML 4.0. For someone who is so concerned with browser adoption of W3C standards, Mr. Shafer was being grossly innacurate. ... Microsoft promised full HTML 4.0 support for 5.0 and it hasn't even gotten close."

"Most people might be concentrating on XML, DOM and CSS in their reviews, and yes, this should also be done because IE 5.0's support of these technologies is also terrible (as we'll see later on), but all of that is pointless unless you get HTML straight, and IE's HTML engine compares to the specification as a straight line compares to a lower intestine. ... Make no mistake, this is a policy decision and not an engineering problem. They don't care, and they probably never will. And I think they should get all the bad press they deserve for this."

"Internet Explorer 5.0, from the HTML and CSS author's point of view, is a minor bug-fixing patch for IE4, except for the fact you need to download the whole thing from scratch... Style Watch officially gives Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Release Version, the complete Thumbs Down Treatment."

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