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Subject: Re: HTML standards
From: "Brian Kelly (by way of Frans Lettenstrom <[log in to unmask]>)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 19 Jul 1996 13:17:36 +0200
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Further to the discussion on HTML standards there is an interesting
annoncement available at:

http://www.microsoft.com/internet/html.htm

which says

".... Previous proprietary HTML extensions from Microsoft and other vendors
have confused the market, hampered interoperability and been ill-conceived with
respect to the design principles underlying HTML (and its SGML parent)."

Microsoft admitting they were wrong !?

"...Because of this effectiveness, Microsoft is committed to working with
the W3C to
further advance the HTML standard. Microsoft will agree to:

oNot ship extensions to HTML without first submitting them to W3C.
oImplement all W3C approved HTML standards.
oClearly identify any not-yet-approved HTML tags we support as such.
oPublish a Document Type Definition (DTD) for its browser as mandated by SGML.
oFollow the architecture principles of HTML and its parent, SGML, when
proposing
new extensions.

Microsoft agrees to hold itself to these standards. Will all the other Web
browser
vendors, including Netscape, also agree to this conduct of behavior?"

Microsoft as the champion of open standards?!

Brian Kelly
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Brian Kelly
Netskills         - see http://www.netskills.ac.uk/
Computing Service
University of Newcastle
Newcastle-upon-Tyne        [log in to unmask]
NE1 7RU                    0191 222 5002

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