"Microsoft came under fire today from Web standards advocates
over its latest browser, which lets Web developers offer their
visitors fairly complex applications with the flick of the
wrist--as long as those visitors aren't using Netscape."
"Microsoft's newly released Internet Explorer 5.5 browser
introduces shortcuts for Web developers that make adding page
elements, such as calendars, as easy as inserting a tag. On top of
that, Microsoft's adherence to basic industry standards for Web
technologies as basic as HTML--often called the Web's lingua
franca--has been called into question by standards advocates."
"Together, the proprietary innovation and the purported faults
in standards compliance mean that Web pages created to work for
IE--widely considered to be the dominant browser--won't work with
browsers from Netscape, Opera Software and other providers."
"As if to illustrate the predicament, the download page for
version 5.5 came up blank for Netscape users yesterday and this
morning. Microsoft has since fixed the problem."