[whatwg] Re: Rendering Unknown Elements and IE Support
asbjorn at tigerstaden.no
Sun Jul 4 22:31:26 PDT 2004
On Mon, 05 Jul 2004 00:09:52 +0100, Dean Edwards <dean at edwards.name> wrote:
> if we speculate that microsoft will "spoil" whatever IE implementation
> we provide then we may as well not bother. to withdraw support for HTCs
> would be a major climbdown. it would also annoy some large corporations
> who have deployed them on their corporate intranets.
Microsoft takest most of its decisions based on an economic evaluation.
Microsoft makes no money from Internet Explorer itself, but from having
loyal customers who buys support and other products from them. HTC is
currently a pretty widely adopted technology, although not as widespread
It would be a major step for Microsoft to cut HTC support in IE, and it
would lead to a lot of angry, dissatisfied and in the end disloyal
customers, which again would lead to an economic loss for Microsoft. I
can't see one good reason whatsoever for Microsoft dropping HTC support in
IE -- there's nothing but loss «gained» from this for their part.
> there is a fallback position in light of such a catastrophe.
> acceptable level of client-side support for this platform.
is at least a standard way of doing stuff, and would be possible to get
running in other browsers as well; e.g. Netscape 4.x. A lot could be
accomplished by using standard ECMA 262 script and the W3C DOM, and if you
ask me, the best solution to a task is most always to go with a standard
and not a proprietary solution.
Just my ¢10.
Asbjørn Ulsberg -=|=- asbjornu at hotmail.com
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