Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 23:26 UTC, submitted by inkslinger
Internet Explorer Recently, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8, which boasted much better standards compliance than previous iterations of the browser. While it passed the Acid2 test, IE8 failed miserably in the Acid3 test, and many people criticised Microsoft for it. Microsoft Australia's Nick Hodge has stated that Microsoft purposefully decided not to support Acid3, because the test tests against draft standards.
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RE: MS is only partially right
by Michael on Wed 25th Mar 2009 14:04 UTC in reply to "MS is only partially right"
Michael
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MS is right in this respect that draft standards should not be widely used, but that doesn't mean that a rendering engine shouldn't implement them.

In the general case this is true. For IE, however, implementing something makes it a standard whether we like it or not. In the past MS hasn't worried about this, giving us the nightmare that was IE6.

I think this is a very positive sign that MS is finally treating it's position as market leader responsibly. They are conforming preciesly to the published standards of the W3C and no more. This leaves the W3C free to make ammendments to their draft standards that won't conflict with the most widely deployed implementation.

This is the exact opposite of the old, infamous "embrace, extend, extinguish" policy of the early days of the web.

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