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Webstandards.org: ...Calls on Microsoft to Fully Support Standards in... Internet Explorer...

Aug 13, 1999, 04:12 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by George Olsen)

"The Web Standards Project (WSP) today called on Microsoft to fully support key Web standards in its next release of Internet Explorer -- and presented Microsoft with a petition signed by more than 1,000 Web developers from Fortune 500 companies and major educational and government institutions."

" 'The current fight between AOL and Microsoft over instant messaging shows how the public loses when companies produce similar but incompatible products,' Olsen said. 'The same ridiculous situation exists for browsing the Web because browser makers have failed to implement the common set of standards. If Microsoft wants to argue that common standards are needed for instant messaging, they should be prepared to implement existing Web standards in their browser.'

To stress how eager Web professionals are for standards support, WSP presented Microsoft with a Web standards petition signed by more than 1,000 Web developers from Fortune 500 companies and major educational and government institutions.

The petition drive took place at two recent Web development conferences: Web Design '99 in Atlanta and Web Design World '99 in Seattle... 'Our attendees are sick and tired of jumping through compatibility hoops,' said Conference Chair Jim Heid, who helped spearhead the drive. 'They want to know when browser vendors are going to support standards.' "

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