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De facto

In what can only be best described as a volte face, Microsoft has changed their stance on what will make up Internet Explorer 7.

“In a blog entry posted Friday, a member of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer development team said the company plans to support key elements of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recommendations Portable Network Graphics (PNG), an image format, and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS), a Web page styling standard.”

This is very good news, not just for the consumer, but also for the likes of me; the tortured developer left in the lurch by the hit & miss rendering capabilities of Internet Explorer 6.

In earlier news, Microsoft had been dismissive of the current Cascading Style Sheet standard. They described the current standard as being flawed and would wait instead for an updated version before implementing any more additions.

So this recent turn of events is just old-fashioned good news .. assuming Microsoft do in fact execute on their plans in a timely manner…

By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

2 replies on “De facto”

Input: “In earlier news, Microsoft had been dismissive of the current Cascading Style Sheet standard. They described the current standard as being flawed and would wait instead for an updated version before implementing any more additions.”

*grind, grind, translate*

Output: “We’re bigger than everyone else so we’ll ignore what the rest of the internet community is doing and invent our own version. Again.”

Gah, I bloody hate Microsoft. And not just because I use a Mac: I hated them when I using Windows, too.

With the rise of Firefox eating into the market share of Internet Explorer, I don’t think Microsoft can be all that complacent any more.

With better support for the PNG graphics format and more robust CSS support, things will improve massively.

I’m developing some web-based groupware, and Firefox is the browser of choice. Internet Explorer tries its level best to render the PNG graphics and the CSS but just wobbles & grunts and really garbles the overall experience.

Roll on Internet Explorer 7…

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