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osOpinion: Microsoft Owns the Web; Why You Shouldn't Use IE5

Mar 06, 2000, 19:20 (8 Talkback[s])
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"The web is about sharing information, between different internet platforms (for example, Sun Workstations and Web TV), between peoples of different languages, between the past and the future. International standards for content and appearance markup permit this sharing."

"Microsoft, despite participating in developing HTML 4, offers IE5 which fails to support many HTML4 features. Soon only one voice: that of Microsoft, will prevail. Already coders must accept the features Microsoft permits while awaiting forever-postponed versions that Microsoft promises will, truly this time, support HTML standards. When coders write to Microsoft standards, web pages become incomprehensible, and, as the quote at the beginning of this article shows, readers are blamed for Microsoft's inadequacies."

"Anyone who desires more or better than Microsoft permits will suffer. HTML's promise will be an ivory-tower dream of computer professionals out-of-touch with the needs of millions of users; a dream subordinated to Microsoft's greed and hegemony."

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